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  • #70347
    megan
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    Couple of fascinating collective awards today in the East Germany section. They were designed to encourage collective work in the socialist ideal, with the qualifications for the award encompassing social activities as well as excellent work and correct political opinions. Apparenetly candidates did such activities as organising group trips to the cinema to demonstrate this… for once awarded, the collective had to requalify annually!

    #70352
    megan
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    Two more of the awards for good socialist work, the Honour Title of Brigade of Socialist Wprk and the Honour Title of Activist of Socialist Labour… this last was an individual rather than collective award. and was handed out in the thousands!

    Work-wise we are coming up to the academic year end grading season so I may or may not escape the clutches of piles of student work to pop in here. I’ll do my best, I need some play after all!

    #70385
    megan
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    My students are due to submit their ‘capstone’ Final Year Projects tomorrow, so there has been much activity from them as they get a bit panicked…

    … so a relief to escape to here and add the Honoured Activist of Seven Year Plan and Honoured Activist of Five Year Plan to the East German section. Both had the year of award on them, so I haven’t cluttered the place up with ALL the years, just a representative sample. I’m also coming to the conclusion there were two different reverses for the 5-year plan one but I cannot find anything much about that yet, just some examples… and also some bearing years before the award was actually instituted. Not sure what’s going on there at all!

    #70389
    megan
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    We are reaching ‘peak grading’ now, and I had a hard drive die on me yesterday (GRRR, fortunately it contained neither medals information nor student work!), but I’ve snuck away to add the last couple of early ‘activist’ awards, the Honour Title of Activist of Two Year Plan and the Honour Title of Activist. Being a hard worker and a good socialist was of great importance even in the early days of the German Democratic Republic.

    #70531
    megan
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    The marking monster is still rampant (I didn’t get here at all last week, sorry) but I escaped long enough to add another early ‘Good Work’ award to the East German section, the Medal for Excellent Achievement. This had four different types during its lifespan and I’ve been busy tracking them all down for your delight.

    #70539
    megan
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    I evaded the Marking Monster again to add Medal for Excellent Achievements in Agricultural Production Cooperatives and the Medal for Exemplary Learning Collective in Socialist Competition. Now I have taught apprentices (we have a programme in the UK called a degree apprenticeship that takes apprentices right through to bachelor and master degrees!) but we’ve never asked them to display a proper spirit in community affairs or to do military training, which these apprentices were required to do in good socialist style!

    The next item should be a FDJ (Free German Youth) award, the Medal for Very Good Service in Socialist Competition… but that had so many variations that I’ve put in a placeholder for now and once I’ve figured it all out myself will add it here.

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