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Germany, East Berlin, uprising on 17.6.1953 / photo
uprising, 17.6.1953 in East Berlin.
Berlin, Potsdamer Platz at noon on 17.6.1953.
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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.