Lenin contingent

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The Lenin contingent , created in 1924, was a propaganda-led response by the Russian Communist Party to the uncertainty about the future path of Soviet society that had arisen after Lenin's death . In practice, the contingent meant filling up the ranks of the vanguard party , which had hitherto been closely guarded in terms of cadre policy, with a mass of sympathizers, followers and careerists. After a few years, 10% of the Soviet population, i.e. 20 million Soviet citizens, had become party members. This catchphrase also expresses a fundamental change in the way the party's strategy for its role in society is perceived. The proclamation of the Lenin contingent was the downright absurd elimination of Lenin's party principles with a campaign under the Lenin name, of all things. By opening the gates wide to join the party, the establishment of a bureaucratic nomenclature was promoted at the same time , against which Lenin had repeatedly warned until shortly before his death. The leading head of this political turnaround was the Georgian Josef Vissarionowitsch Dschugaschwili ( Stalin ). In terms of language analysis, one should actually understand the misleading term Lenin contingent as a Stalin contingent.

Concept adaptation

Leipzig veterinary students in the Lenin contingent

Under the concept of the Lenin contingent, similar activities to join socialist organizations, the youth association FDJ , but also to prepare for a candidacy for admission to the SED were carried out after the Second World War in the Soviet occupation zone and subsequently in the GDR .

The handicraft accessories for the reward of those involved in the Lenin contingent were congratulatory certificates, decorative medals (e.g. the medal Leninaufgebot of the FDJ ), wall plates with the portrait of Lenin, etc. A modification of this mobilization action was the proclamation of an "Ernst Thalmann contingent “The FDJ in preparation for the upcoming XI. SED party congresses .


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Leon Trotsky: Revolution Betrayed: What is the Soviet Union and where is it going ?, Antwerp / Zurich / Prague 1936.