List of left socialist organizations in West Germany
The list on the left socialist organizations in West Germany (1945-1989) includes the links socialism associated organizations, groups and parties in the West German countries to reunification . According to their immanent logic, left socialist formations are located beyond social democratic and communist movements, but historically they are mostly positioned between the two main currents or on their fringes. Mostly left socialism was a separation from the social democratic milieu, but dissident left communism is its mirror image detachment from the communist world movement. For this reason, groups with a Trotskyist and Titoist character were added to the list.
|founding year||Surname||Main representative||Membership numbers||Press organs||Year of dissolution|
|1945||Labor Party (AP)||Heinrich Galm||1954|
|1933, reorganized around 1945||International Communists of Germany (IKD)||In the 1951 Independent Labor Party of Germany merged (UAPD), following its dissolution in 1952 entrism the remaining IKD members in the SPD|
|1947||Workers' Policy Group (GAP)||
|Labor Policy (Arpo)||existed as a splinter group|
|around 1950||USPD Berlin||W. Kischkat||after 1954|
|1951||Independent Workers' Party of Germany (UAPD)||
|about 400||Free grandstand||1952|
|1960||Association of Independent Socialists (VUS)||Viktor Agartz (best known member)||socialist notebooks||Creeping dissolution since 1961, last congress in 1963, termination of the socialist magazines 1969|
|1961/62||Socialist Federation (SB)||
|260 (when the predecessor organization Sozialistische Förderegesellschaft (SFG) was renamed SB), 1962||1969|
|1969||International Marxists Group (GIM)||
|400 (1972)||what to do||1986|
|1969||Socialist Office (SB)||
|No registered association, no memberships||
links (highest circulation 1974: 12,000),
Express - newspaper for socialist company and trade union work ,
contradictions. Journal of Education, Health and Social Policy
|no longer publicly visible since the end of the 1990s|
|1974||Spartacus Union (SpaBu)||300-400 (1974)
|1980||Committee for Fundamental Rights and Democracy||Andreas Buro
Fundamental Rights Report (annually, with other publishing organizations),
information. Committee on Fundamental Rights and Democracy (quarterly)
|active (as of 2018)|
|1982||Democratic Socialists (DS)||
|one after the other:
Bonner Extra Dienst ,
Linker Extra Dienst ,
Linke Zeitung ,
|1986||United Socialist Party (VSP)||
|SoZ - Socialist Newspaper||2000|
Left forum (Lifo)
in the green
|350||creeping dissolution between 1990 and 1993|
- Christoph Jünke (Ed.): Left Socialism in Germany. Beyond social democracy and communism? VSA-Verlag, Hamburg 2010, ISBN 978-3-89965-413-4 .
- Gregor Kritidis: Left Socialist Opposition in the Adenauer Era. A contribution to the early history of the Federal Republic of Germany . Offizin, Hannover 2008; ISBN 978-3-930345-61-8 .
- Christoph Jünke (Ed.), Left Socialism in Germany. Beyond social democracy and communism? Hamburg 2010, Conceptual, historical and current information on the introduction , p. 10.
- Homepage of the Workers'Group , accessed on May 4, 2019.
- Siegfried Heimann, On the Failure of Left Collection Movements between SPD and KPD / SED after 1945. The examples USPD and UAPD . In: Rolf Ebbighausen / Friedrich Tiemann (eds.), The end of the workers' movement in Germany? A discussion volume for Theo Pirker's 60th birthday . Westdeutscher Verlag, Opladen 1984, ISBN 978-3-531-11650-1 , pp. 301-322, here p. 313 f.
- There was no formal dissolution.
- The SoZ was published and will continue to appear after the dissolution of the VSP: SoZ online presence , accessed on May 4, 2019.