Talk:Uprising of 1953 in East Germany

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The poem below was inspired by this event. I have no idea how it might be skillfully introduced or referenced in this wikipedia article:


The solution

After the Uprising on June 17th / The Secretary of the Authors' Union / Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee / Which said that the people / Had forfeited the government's confidence / And could only win it back / By redoubled labour. Wouldn't it / Be simpler in that case if the government / Dissolved the people and / Elected another?

Bertholt Brecht

That's a very interesting poem, but I don't think it can be suitably incorporated into the article text. The best solution would be to add an external link to where the poem could be accessed. --Sophitus 17:53, August 6, 2005 (UTC)


Supposed RIAS instructions[edit]

From the current version:

Radio in the American Sector directed many of the demonstrations, deciding when and where they would be held, and broadcasting instructions in German.

That statement is POV of the then East German government. It attempts to portray the uprising as staged by western forces. I'm not aware of an independent source that confirms the RIAS "instructions" about where and when to hold demonstrations.

Meanwhile western sources do confirm that RIAS played a role in the uprising akin to a catalyst, by the sheer fact that it reported about the uprising in Berlin and thus helped spark the uprising in other parts of East Germany which had remained quiet until then. But that role was rather involuntary and did not involve instructions, but merely reports. Anorak2 06:48, 15 December 2005 (UTC)

massacre/number of people killed[edit]

there are currently two statements in the article that seem a bit troubling: one is the vague statement about a massacre (where is it supposed to have happened? Berlin has a number of squares, but most of these have a proper name), the other one abou 401 people killed, including many tourists and journalists (why did I never hear about this)? The Bundeszentrale fuer politische Bildung has a site dedicated to the events, maybe it would be possible to gather some info there?

Generally, I think the article focuses too much on Berlin. Much of the action happened there, but there were numerous (and also often violent) demonstrations in other cities. Yaan (talk) 14:47, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

I think I found the sources - but there is still much to do, like: Who got violent first, VP/Soviets or the demonstrators? When was the decision to quell protests made, and by whom?

The numbers of people killed are obviously too high. Recent German research (see footnote 6) has shown that only 55 victims can be accounted for. The rest is speculation and/or exaggeration. Some of it deriving from a source that has proven to be incorrect. Therefore, especially the number in the overwiew box at the top should be changed. The passage in the article itself could remain the way it is since it mentions the contradicting numbers. But having a significantly higher number of victims in the overwiew.... To me that reeks of Cold War propaganda and does not fulfill the quality standards Wikipedia is aiming for. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 95.113.171.44 (talk) 08:50, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

June 17[edit]

Can someone please remove the NPOV wording in June 17 (and, to a lesser extent, the rest of the article)? Thanks. 68.121.24.4 (talk) 23:56, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

No, we want to keep WP:NPOV. -- Matthead  Discuß   00:35, 2 May 2008 (UTC)



The Western Allies[edit]

Why isn't the shady position of the Western Allies towards the uprising mentioned? They refused to transport the mayor of Western Berlin, Ernst Reuter, in an allied planr from Vienna, where he attended a conference, so he could have been in (Western)Berlin without having to drive for a long time through the Federal Republic of Germany to reach a transit way, which was the only possibility to get there without allied help?

What about the position of Mr. Churchhill? He claimed this to be some sort of a "trick" from either the Soviet Union or the GDR! --Ragoro (talk) 15:53, 24 May 2009 (UTC)

I'ld like to see this section expanded if possible. My father served in the Army Security Agency and monitored (personally) this radio traffic on the East/West border. He received a special commendation for his efforts in code tracking during this event. His unit was instructed to "bug out" by the pentagon...burning records, donning civilian clothes and issued 44 handguns. The allied military response was to place a show of force on the border, possibly in fear of the soviets taking west berlin. Military records were detroyed in a fire unfortunately...and this is the first written record I've found that describes what happened. Previously all I had were my father's recollections. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Farberblah22 (talkcontribs) 00:42, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

National Holiday[edit]

At the current the article says "In remembrance of it, June 17 used to be the national holiday of West Germany until reunification", the wording of which doesn't seem correct to me. This day was not a national holiday (Feiertag, litterally: festive day), but intentionelly called a national memorial day (Gedenktag). The interpretation of June 17, 1953 was not how nice a day this was where East Germans have proven that they don't like the communist system, but a memorial day as Germans should be reminded that East Germans do not live in freedom and are hindered by force to vote for the political system/parties they want. Moreover (according to my knowledge), this day was not a day of closed business in Western Germany ("bank holiday"), but has always been a regular labour day. --Payton M. (talk) 14:20, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Copyright problem removed[edit]

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