3rd World Festival of Youth and Students
|3rd World Festival of Youth and Students|
Demonstration at 3rd World Festival of Youth and Students
|Host country||East Germany|
|Participants||26,000, from 104 countries|
The third WFYS was held in a period of growing international tension between the Soviet Union and the western powers; it took place against the background of the Korean War and the spread of communism in Central Europe and China. The festival was meant to showcase the young German Democratic Republic, formed in the Soviet sector of postwar Germany.
The motto of the festival was: For Peace and Friendship – Against Nuclear Weapons.
According to Jan Myrdal, people from the West were obstructed from travelling to the festival by West German police and American military. Some of them where shot at, when trying to cross the border.
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