I disagree that Nazism and fascism are based on Socialism. Both of the former ideologies have as their objective the close involvement of state and commerce so as to ensure that Capitalist interests are effectively represented, much like in the US today. That’s the exact opposite of the aims of Socialism and, indeed, Hitler himself remarked that he’d only included the word “Socialist” in the party title to make it more appealing to a wider range of people. Which is why he changed the original name of the “German Workers’ Party” (Deutche Arbeiterpartei) to “National-Socialist Workers’ Party” (NSDAP). One of the declared aims of the party was to destroy Marxism.Nazism, and fascism, will always exist in some form as long as its philosophical well-spring of socialism endures. In practical terms, the idea of achieving socialism on the basis of class solidarity is dead and buried and has been for some time. All the notionally socialist states in existence today seek to identify on the basis of nation or race, and mostly nation. To that end, one might argue that Mussolini won his argument with Lenin about how the necessary solidarity could be achieved.
Of all the myths and misinformation propagated by the German government about the GDR, the alleged anti-fascism in East Germany probably comes about the closest to being a bit of a fable. There were certainly far fewer fascists in the GDR than in West Germany (which was lousy with them), but they still existed there all the same and if they had only been very small cogs during the war, they were allowed to live a normal life. However, the Nazis in the GDR who hadn’t entirely divested themselves of the appalling ideology were rarely taken very seriously by the GDR population, in contrast to West Germany, and were tolerated as just a bunch of rather eccentric, backward-looking loonies trying to grab a bit of attention. Furthermore, there was a complete absence of Nazi political parties in the GDR, in contrast to West Germany, where the German People's Union (Deutsche Volksunion – DVU), The Republicans (die Republikaner) and the German National-Socialist Party (Nationalsozialistiche Partei Deutschlands – NPD) are officially recognised.Talking of nefarious recruitment practices after WWII, do you have anything to say about the use of former Gestapo personnel by the Stasi?
More importantly, the GDR was much better in bringing former Nazis, and more of them, to justice and in a far quicker time than West Germany – a fact confirmed by a Dutch study of the issue in 1975. Moreover, the GDR applied international law the whole time when punishing ex-Nazis, while West Germany only used international law until 1952, after which it used domestic laws. Also, the key positions in the GDR administration were all occupied by folks who’d never been Nazis – a fact that even the West German history-rewriters grudgingly have no choice to confirm – whereas the first Chancellor of West Germany, Konrad Adenauer, had more Nazis in his cabinet than Hitler.
A further point is that by 1951, over 500,000 former Nazis were back in their admin jobs around West Germany. That also included former Nazi teachers, many of whom hadn’t shed the disgraceful ideology they’d fervently cheered on during the Third Reich. In contrast, all former Nazi teachers in the GDR were banned from the profession and replaced by lay-teachers who actually developed one of the finest education systems in the world and which is still in use in Finland to this day.