Censorship in German libraries has primarily been associated with the Nazi dictatorship. Yet the field of book history has not investigated censorship in the libraries of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) to the same extent. In Umerziehung durch rote Bibliotheken (Reeducation through red libraries), German sociologist Hans-Peter Müller, professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology at the University of Zielona Góra in Poland, explores censorship in communist and socialist libraries in the Soviet occupation zone and the first two decades of the GDR (founded in 1949; dissolved in 1990). This represents a period of Soviet influence, on the one hand, and the formation of East German communist dictatorship, on the other. Propaganda and censorship went hand in hand, especially in the time of the 1950s and following the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.

Müller focuses on the history of the institutions that controlled public libraries and research...

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