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Uprising in East Germany 1953

the Cold War, the German question, and the first major upheaval behind the Iron Curtain

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Published by Central European University Press in Budapest, New York .
Written in English

    Places:
  • Germany (East),
  • Soviet Union
    • Subjects:
    • German reunification question (1949-1990) -- Sources.,
    • Cold War -- Sources.,
    • Germany (East) -- History -- Uprising, 1953 -- Sources.,
    • Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- 1953-1975 -- Sources.

    • Edition Notes

      Includes bibliographical references (p. 427-440) and index.

      Statementcompiled, edited and introduced by Christian F. Ostermann ; editorial coordination by Malcolm Byrne ; [produced in collaboration with The Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars].
      GenreSources.
      SeriesNational Security Archive Cold War readers,
      ContributionsOstermann, Christian F., Byrne, Malcolm.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsDD286.2 .U67 2001
      The Physical Object
      Paginationxxxvii, 451 p. :
      Number of Pages451
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL3951952M
      ISBN 109639241172
      LC Control Number2001047177

      At the SED headquarters some way off, the Politburo had been in session for some time anxiously discussing the crisis. There might be an embarrassing post mortem on the whole Stalinist nature of Ulbricht's domestic policies. Indeed, so out of touch were they that they expected a massive propaganda drive would be sufficient to cope with the emerging crisis. For more than three decades, the Soviet Union stuck to the pattern set by its reaction to the events of -- responding with force or the threat of it to keep not only East Germany but the rest of the Soviet bloc under firm control. Confronted with workers in revolt, military commanders prefer to accomplish their ends with a minimum of bloodshed. On June 16 the upheaval had been largely confined to Berlin.

      Chants were heard calling for "Death to Communism" and even "Long live Eisenhower! On the American side, the uprising proved, ironically, that Republican verbiage about "liberation" of the "captive nations", so prominent in the presidential campaign, was largely empty -- at least as far as near-term prospects for action. They occupied the town hall and various public party buildings, and tried to release political prisoners. In the following days levels of dissent dwindled across East Germany. It was the initial demonstrations against these heightened production quotas by construction workers in East Berlin on 16 June that triggered a wave of strikes across East Germany.

      There were no contingency plans to continue or expand the rising, and no attempt, except in Dresden, to take over any communications centers. The uprising found relatively low levels of support amongst church leaders, East German students, and intellectuals. This political uprising of the German workers laid bare the irreconcilable conflict between the working masses and the parasitic Stalinist bureaucracy. The resistance soon spread; all over East Germany workers formed factory and strike committees characteristic of workers councils — in virtually every town and city a general strike was proclaimed. At the same time the East German events posed the burning question of the unification of the entire German working class, East and West, on a new plane.


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Uprising in East Germany 1953 Download PDF Ebook

It was an amazing reversal of most of the measures taken since the Second Party Conference in July which had been proclaimed as "building socialism. Uprising in East Germany 1953 book side privately blamed the other for what had happened on June 16 and 27 although the immediate result was a public facade of unity and calm.

Symbolically Eastern Europe's first major post-war revolt took place in Germany where the working class had always been more militant. The simmering disappointment of a section of the leadership which had hoped to see a more sensitive application of socialist principles coincided with the anger and bitterness of a large element of the working class.

This was the first time that Soviet tanks would appear on the streets of Eastern Europe to quell rebellion, but it Uprising in East Germany 1953 book not to be the last; beginning a tradition that would be repeated in Hungary in and Czechoslovakia in No more than 25, people participated in strikes and demonstrations Leipzig, but there were 32, in Magdeburg, 43, in Dresden, 53, in Potsdam — and in Halle, a figure close toHis presentation plays down the counter-revolutionary role of the Kremlin as well as of its puppet regime.

She is taking a gap year to go travelling, and then hopes to continue with postgraduate study in History. There might be an embarrassing post mortem on the whole Stalinist nature of Ulbricht's domestic policies. The device he and his two closest allies chose was to remove Franz Dahlem, one of the party's most respected members.

However, many of the workers involved in the strike action subsequently stressed the spontaneous and largely uncoordinated nature of the events of June But no matter what measures they take, the basic causes which provoked the uprising will not be eliminated.

The struggle inside the Politburo which had been apparent since the beginning of the year had grown since Stalin's death and the introduction of the "new course," and was now intense. Although they were better paid, workers in heavy industry had been the main target for the Government's propaganda about the need for higher work norms.

The target was the SED. The fact is that in their political composition the masses represented all the political tendencies within the working class. The blood toll was high: Over people killed in the uprising, of which functionaries of the leading party, executed under martial law or condemned to death later, over 1, injured and more than 5, people arrested.

Heinz Brandt reported that innumerable West Berliners, mostly young people, joined the strikers and acted as couriers.

State, Society and Memories of the Uprising of 17 June 1953 in the GDR

That is the essential meaning of the East German events as it will be recorded in the annals of history. Sincethere has been no action of the working class which comes even close to approximating the power of this one.Welcome you to episode 6 of Cold War Conversations where we talk to about the relatively little known Uprising of in East Germany.

A lot of focus is on the fall of the Uprising in East Germany 1953 book Wall, but Uprising in East Germany 1953 book can be argued that the Uprising of sowed the seeds for the eventual demise of the GDR.

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Uprising in East Germany the Cold War, the German question, and the first major upheaval behind the Iron Curtain. [Christian F Ostermann; Malcolm Byrne;] -- "The volume is the first documented account of this early Cold War crisis from both sides of the Iron Curtain.

Based on the recent unprecedented access to the once-closed archives of several member.News Berlin commemorates uprising in East Pdf. Ceremonies have been held in the German capital to mark the 64th anniversary of a people's rebellion in former East Germany.The Uprising of in East Germany started with a strike by East Berlin construction workers on 16 June It turned into a widespread uprising against the German Democratic Republic government the next day.

In Germany, the revolt is often called People's Location: East Germany.Oct 06,  · East German ebook against USSR I find it interesting that even graduate History programs such as at UCLA don't even cover this first revolution against Marxism in East Germany.

It is as though the East Germans didn't even exist in Jewish History of Europe.