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June 04, 1945

NOTES BY WILHELM PIECK ON A CONSULTATION WITH STALIN, MOLOTOV, ZHDANOV

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    Meeting notes on the situation in Germany.
    "Notes by Wilhelm Pieck on a Consultation with Stalin, Molotov, Zhdanov," June 04, 1945, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Rolf Badstübner & Wilfried Loth, hrsg., Wilhelm Pieck: Aufzeichnungen zur Deutschlandpolitik 1945-1953 (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 1994), pp. 50-52 (ZPA [Central Party Archive] NL 36/629, pp. 62-66). Translated by Ruud van Dijk, Dickinson College. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/123362
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Consultation on 6.4.1945 at 6 o'clock with Stalin, Molotov, Zhdanov.

Report – Walter [Ulbricht] [Anton] Ackermann [Gustav] Sobottka

1) Question – what complaints in the country?

1) Dismantling of machines in

factories

2) Confiscation of farmers' cattle – cows –

also happens frequently by departing

for[eign] workers

2) Border of the zone of occupation

Lubeck – Erfurt – Leipzig – Chemnitz

3) Instruction of 5.26,

that parties and unions are permitted

so SPD Center

– not to be promoted by us

4) Formation of the KPD

CC [Central Committee] should act openly – Manifesto

with course toward creation party of the

working people

(workers, productive farmers,

intellectuals)

5) Creation of a central organ of the party

and a state paper of the party for

Saxony

only later paper of the party of the

working people

6) Youth committees

Youth cadres to be schooled for one month

creation free youth organizations

Perspective – there will be 2 Germanies –

in spite of all the unity of the allies

Plan for the dismemberment of Germany existed

with Engl[ish]-American[s]

Division in North- and South Germany

Rhineland – Bavaria with Austria

Stalin was against this

Secure unity Germany through

unif[ied] KPD

unif[ied] CC unif[ied]

party of the working people

at the center unified party

Character of the antifascist battle

Completion of the bourg[eois]-

democratic revolution

bourg[eois]-democr[atic] government

break power of the manor owners

eliminate remainders of feudalism

Administrative arrangement

Engl-American. create governments for

Bavaria,

Thuringia, Rhine Palatinate, Rhineland

We – state government for Saxony,

provincial government for Berlin-

Brandenburg,

Mecklenburg, Pommeria

whether later for the entire

area of occupation is not clear yet.

Creation of administrations for district, county,

city, municipality

School questions – draft –

use old text books from Weimar

and Austria

no religious instruction in school

do not let popes [Popen] confuse

youth –

religious instruction only outside the

school

Creation sp[ecial] farmers union not

functional

instead include within the party

Creation anti-fascist committees not

functional either,

because danger, that next to city- and

municipal administration

unchecked

Use of cadres

with prisoners of war up to colonel

Dissolution of the 3 fronts

a[nd] uni[form] administration with 3

subdivisions

army command with 7th Department

SPD very splintered – majority of the

members for unity

Creation [of a] theoretical journal of the

party

Decisions:

Immediately draft for manifesto – dispos[itions]

draft

elaboration by Ackermann until 6.5

in the afternoon

composition [of the] ed[itorial staff] for

central organ "Deutsche Volkszeit[un]g" [German People's Paper]

leader: Klaßner (Wandel)

Erpenbeck

Keilson

Oelsner

Man[ager] : Bauer

State paper KPD for Saxony "Sächsische

Volkszeitung" [Saxon People's Paper]

leader: Leitner

Apelt

Schliebs

Forster

Theoretical journal "Neuer Weg" [New Way]

Ed[itor] Oelsner a[nd] ev[entually] Noffke

List of the cadres for Berlin, Dresden, Rostock

List of the prisoners of war from Nat[ional]

Com[mittee Free Germany]

Composition of the party organs

Politburo 9 (meets every 10 days)

Pieck

Ulbricht

Ackermann

Geschke

Jendretzki

Winzer

Sobottka

Mahle

Mrs. Kunz

Secretariat 5

Pieck

Ulbricht

Klaßner ed. (Wandel)

Gyptner

Meyer, Therese

Stern, Heinz (translator)

Organizing Committee for the creation of the party of the workers

as members also SPD a[nd] others

Associations – Handke

Party school Gratz, Zaisser, Noffke, Roth

District leadership of the party

independent For Berlin Geschke

"Deutsche Zeitung" [German Newspaper] in Stettin

Colonel Mulin secr[etary]

Fiedler

Lore Pieck

in Berlin Hans Pfeiffer

Max Frenzel (not exclud[ed])

Thiele

Jaddasch

Möricke

Budget for CC of the KPD

Bring in comrades from Mexico and

Stockholm