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Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in All Episodes, Germany, Radio Flora |

Occupational bans in the 1970s and 80s Lower Saxony’s state parliament faces history

Occupational bans in the 1970s and 80s Lower Saxony’s state parliament faces history

The so called Radikalenerlass of 1972 – a decree banning members of communist organizations from civil service jobs – led to an in western Europe unparalleled prosecution of alleged „enemies of the Constitution“. This included teachers, train conductors, mail wo_men, and others. The German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution spied on and checked 3.5 million people. Due to the decree 11,000 lawsuits seeking occupational bans were filed and 1,500 people lost their jobs and the material basis of their existence. The decree and the lawsuits had one distinct goal: the political intimidation of civil servants. Today Lower Saxony’s state parliament is ready to face this dark chapter of history. But there are difficulties even at the beginning of this process…