Socialist German Workers Youth

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Socialist German Workers Youth
Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterjugend
Chairperson Paul Rodermund
Founded May 5, 1968
Headquarters Hoffnungstraße 18 Hope Road 18, D-45127 Essen
International affiliation World Federation of Democratic Youth

Socialist German Workers Youth (German: Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterjugend, SDAJ) is a political youth organization in Germany. It is a Marxist–Leninist organization and related to the Deutsche Kommunistische Partei (German Communist Party). SDAJ is a member of World Federation of Democratic Youth.



The SDAJ was on May 5, 1968 the 150th birthday of Karl Marx fouded by adolescents and young members of the banned Communist Party, even before the DKP-reconstituted on 25 September 1968 . The SDAJ tried to participate in the incurred as a result of the 1968 student movement social movements. A large number of apprentices had become politically active in order to improve the quality of their training and their conditions of existence politically. The SDAJ went from the "apprentice movement" out, while she looked for a political orientation and an international class solidarity. Especially against the authoritarian government they fought by the political self-organization of working and learning youth. Since the establishment of the DKP SDAJ cooperates with the Communist Party, without giving up their independence as a youth organization. The SDAJ became one of the leading left-wing youth organizations in Germany and was in the public in many fields perceptible politically - for example, in action against fare increases ("Red Dot Actions"). Claims to it from time to time had more than 35,000 members.

Association of SDAJ organ was sold by its members elan magazine (magazine), whose appearance was canceled after discontinuation of funding by the SED. [14] Since 1972, the association organizes annual change in central and local Pentecostal camp. The SDAJ action on a demonstration May 1, 2006


The SDAJ held from 1978 to 1988, together with the Marxist Student Association Spartacus (MSB) Every two years in mid-May on the grounds of Dortmund exhibition, the festival of youth. There were numerous, including internationally known artists; example, the 1978 festival was called with masters such as Jutta Weinhold, Snowball, Udo Lindenberg, Puhdys or Titi Winterstein Quintet. Likewise, political discussions took place. According to the SDAJ thereto attended more than 100,000 visitors.

Until the turn in the GDR were close contacts between the SDAJ and FDJ, which was considered as a sibling organization. For example, each national association of SDAJ had to know a closer friendship district in East Germany, were made in the regular drives life in the GDR. In addition, a section of the public materials and infrastructure funds financed, which provided the GDR.

In the 1980s, played especially the peace movement in which the SDAJ relied on a policy of alliance against the wars of imperialism, a major role. 1988-1997

In 1988, conflicts within the association publicly clear when within DKP and SDAJ increasingly gained reform positions of strength [15]. This resulted in SDAJ Federal Congress 1989 split in the organization, as the majority of the delegates expressed for a proposal that would keep the body as Marxist working class youth organization. The unsuccessful flow around the national chairman Birgit Radow then left the Congress. It does not however succeeded in creating new structures nationwide. Many of her former leading members found a new home in the youth structures of the PDS. The leadership of the SDAJ took a federal task force to Patrik Köbele. The SDAJ was thus preserved as a Marxist-Leninist organization over time of German reunification away.

With the change in the GDR and the reunification of Germany, the crisis came to a head in the SDAJ. Like the DKP they had experienced a rapid loss of members through resignations. After the end of the funding from the GDR newspapers and Holiday objects had given up full-time employees will be laid off. Until about 1993, the SDAJ remained virtually "headless" so that the federal center with constantly changing cast could often only look at the resolution of district associations, local groups and district / regional associations. In 1994 the reorganization and reactivation of district and local associations and the reconstruction of the country structures, but did not fail to numerous setbacks.

With the position soon returned a central theoretical debate and body of the Association out the same time represents a major financial challenge. The acquisition of new subscribers soon became a central theme of many SDAJ actions. After all, it was possible from the late 1990s to stabilize many local groups and to establish new, such as in Leipzig, Dresden, Gera, Potsdam, Rostock, Gadebusch and Berlin, so that could consolidate the number of members in the course of this year.

1998-to today

Due to the slight increase members place since 2008, a biennial festival of youth, alternating with the three regional Pentecostal camps in Cologne Youth Park instead.

Especially in the work of schools and training workshops builds the association of its structures. Recently, the SDAJ tried by his own admission, re-amplified by alliances with other youth organizations - as she has been involved in recent years throughout the country instrumental in the organization and implementation of nationwide education strike and engaged from then on increasingly in the student politics, such as, the structure of LSV (national student councils) or BSV (Federal student councils).

The SDAJ considers itself again as an important pillar of youth policy of the DKP and VVN-BdA. In the summer of 2010, a SDAJ delegation participated in the "17th World Festival of Youth and Students "in Pretoria (South Africa) part. Points of contact she has with the party Die Linke.

End of February 2010 came the SDAJ in the headlines because the Syrian immigrants Aram A. was denied due to his membership in the SDAJ naturalization. [17]

In October 2011, the SDAJ held its 20th national congress of Hanover. In addition to the election of the new 33köpfigen National Executive Board, the Björn Schmidt still acts as chairman, the anti-fascist campaign "Nazi-free zones" has been decided. As part of this campaign, which will run until 2012, will mainly in schools and businesses in cooperation with local alliances, student councils and trade union youth "nazi-free zones" are created. The discussion around the central application that future paper, was postponed for lack of time [18] and could only at the 2nd meeting of the Federal Congress, which was held in Nuremberg end of September 2012, be adopted.


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