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Aufstand 17. Juni, Potsdamer Platz
Arbeiteraufstand in der DDR am 17. Juni
1953 in Ost-Berlin.

Potsdamer Platz am Mittag des 17. Juni.

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1953 - Uprising in East Berlin
June sees the sixtieth anniversary of what Germans refer to as the Aufstand des 17. Juni, the uprising in East Germany that began as a strike by construction workers but quickly spread to other cities in the German Democratic Republic as a protest against the government. Communist authorities responded agressively: the protests were suppressed and many Germans were executed for political crimes or simply shot dead in the street. We mark this anniversary with a small selection of images from the archive illustrating the defiant mood of those protesting on the streets of Berlin and the brutality of the Soviet response.