Flags with the logo of the food retailer Rewe fly in front of a branch
Photo: Uwe Zucchi / dpa
From the point of view of the Federal Foundation for Work-Up, the SED dictatorship is played down with GDR nostalgia products on the market.
Foundation director Anna Kaminsky criticized the supermarket chain Rewe.
The retail giant's East German supermarkets offer "canned goods in GDR decor complete with hammer and compass".
Such products from solyanka to hunting sausage are also available in specialized online shops, at sales fairs and on large online marketplaces.
Kaminsky stressed that it must be part of the cultural remembrance consensus of united Germany not to downplay the injustice of the communist dictatorship and to commemorate the victims of the SED regime with dignity.
In a statement, Rewe referred to the manufacturers of the canned goods and explained that the stores carried the products at the request of the customers.
In the eastern German federal states, the demand for products and recipes from the pre-reunification period is still pronounced.
The Federal Foundation for Work-Up sheds light on the history of the SED dictatorship and has the task of accompanying the process of German unity.
Kaminsky recalled that the GDR state coat of arms with a hammer and compass in a wreath of corn was the symbol of the SED dictatorship.