Breaking with bourgeois rules and traditions


The divorce files of Eastern German courts in the late 1940s


in Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis / Revue d'Histoire du Droit / The Legal History Review
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When World War II ended in 1945, the plan was to build a society in the Soviet occupation zone and, later on, in the German Democratic Republic, which would break with the previously dominant bourgeois rules and traditions. Marriage and the family were utilized to achieve this goal. As the marriage law in force was the same in all parts of Germany between 1938 and 1955, this development has to be illustrated by analyzing the divorce files of the East German courts of Dresden and Leipzig in the late 1940s. By reviewing these documents, one cannot only reveal political and economic influences, but also discover the new household and family models of a socialist society.


Breaking with bourgeois rules and traditions


The divorce files of Eastern German courts in the late 1940s


in Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis / Revue d'Histoire du Droit / The Legal History Review

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  • 1

     See H. WeberDie DDR 1945–19905. Auflage München 2011.

  • 15

     Hilde BenjaminDie Ehe als VersorgungsanstaltNJ 1949 p. 209.

  • 16

     Oberstes Gericht der DDR NJ 1951p. 128.

  • 19

     Hilde Benjamin NJ 1949p. 209 against Nathan NJ 1949 p. 171 being reluctant to such exceptions.

  • 22

     NikschDie sittliche Rechtfertigung (supra n. 18) p. 482 ff.

  • 24

     Nathan NJ 1949p. 171.

  • 26

     Kluge NJ 1950p. 26 f.

  • 27

     Kluge NJ 1950p. 27.

  • 30

     Nathan NJ 1949p. 171 ff.

  • 31

     Nathan NJ 1949172.

  • 32

     Benjamin NJ 1949p. 209.

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