Jörg Roesler was born in Berlin in 1940. From 1959 to 1964 he studied economic history at Humboldt University in Berlin and from 1974 to 1991 he was head of department at the Institute for Economic History of the Academy of Sciences of the GDR, which was founded by Jürgen Kuczynski in 1955.
In his extensive publication activity after 1990, Roesler has devoted himself to the contextualisation and evaluation of the development of the DDR’s planned economy, with a special focus on the reform attempts of the so-called “New Economic System of Planning and Management” (NÖSPL) of the 1960s.
The interview was filmed on 8 April 2021.
Jörg Roesler on Walter Ulbricht’s thesis of socialism as a “relatively independent social formation”