May 1, 1953

Poster Number: PP 888
Poster Notes: Poster is in German language; Image is a parade in East Berlin and the background shows a large placard of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin; [On red sash of woman] “Activist” of the Five-Year Plan; [Sailor at the back] “People’s Water Police” inscribed on his hat.
Media Size: Please inquire
Poster Type: Lithograph and Offset
Publishing Date: 1953
Technical Information on Poster: A 1120/53/DDR IV/5/14. [No.] 353; Federal Board of the Free German Trade Union Federation Dept. of Cultural Mass Work; Price 20 Deutsch Marks.
Catalog Notes: PP 888 Comecon-Warsaw Pact
Artist: S — С
Printer: Printer not indicated —
Publisher: Federal Board of the Free German Trade Union Federation —

The Free German Trade Union Federation (Freier Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, FDGB) was the most significant mass organization in East Germany in terms of membership (over five million) and in terms of its power. The Federation was the only national trade union permitted in East Germany and it existed from 1946 until 1990 when East Germany was brought into the west. In addition to the FDGB being a trade union, it was a constituent member of the National Front of the German Democratic Republic (GDR/DDR), an alliance of political parties controlled by the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED), East Germany's ruling political party.