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The federal representative for the Stasi documents, Roland Jahn, wants to again establish the 17th of June as legal holiday in remembrance of the uprising of the people in the DDR 60 years ago. It has been a mistake to abolish the holiday at this date. Read more:

Here news to the 60th anniversary of the uprising against the second dictatorship in Germany.

On the 17th of June 1953 I as free living person in West Germany had the wish to help the freedom desiring people in the unfree part of Germany in their effort to also have freedom for them and was disappointed that the people with us in the free West did nothing, or thought not being able to do anything practical, except giving moral support.

A similar situation arose 1956 in Hungary and 1968 in Prague.

Only after the collapse of the Soviet Union a situation arose for the first time 2003 where the free West helped a people suffering under a dictatorship. Something like this should have all the time been the main aim of an organization of free people.

Now the extracts:


“It was an uprising for democracy”

In the Bundestag Federal President Joachim Gauck remembers the 17th of June 1953 in the then DDR / Thank to West Germany.

Federal President Joachim Gauck has recognized the people’s uprising in the DDR on the 17th of June 1953 as important stimulus for many freedom movements in East Europe. On Friday at an hour of remembrance on the occasion of the 60th anniversary he called as examples the 1956 uprising in Hungary, the “Prague Spring” 1968 and the worker’s unrest in Poland 1980.

In the memory remained for him that in his surroundings not fear but an unbelievable euphoria has prevailed.

As federal president of the year 2013 he says thank you in a celebration of the Bundestag to the West Germans of then. They have kept the remembrance of the courage for freedom of the smaller Germany.

It was far more than a singular event in the capital of the DDR, not just about protests against increased work norms and planning dictates but about an uprising of the people for democracy.

Stasi representative Jahn wants to make the 17th of June a holiday.

The federal representative for the Stasi documents, Roland Jahn, wants to again establish the 17th of June as legal holiday in remembrance of the uprising of the people in the DDR 60 years ago. It has been a mistake to abolish the holiday at this date.

The 3rd of October had been chosen instead, a day a treaty came into force, and no day where people went into the street.

In the then DDR in the year 1953 in numerous cities workers first protested against the increase of work norms, later demonstrators also demanded free elections. Soviet troops stationed in the DDR put down the uprising. In West Germany shortly afterwards the 17th of June became the Day of German Unity and was declared a legal holiday. After the reunification the holiday was abolished. Now the 3rd of October is a state holiday as Day of German unity.

The participants of the protests – just fewer than one million people – came from all social levels. Everywhere the demands were of general political nature. Also social demands were of political nature for the SED leadership according to their totalitarian self-understanding. They feared the end of their rule. The minister for state security, Wilhelm Zaisser, commented: “The situation is extremely serious. It is about us or them.“ The SED did not manage to suppress the uprising with their security organs or to even limit it. Only the declaration of the state of emergency through the Soviet occupation force and the employment of their tanks and troops rescued the party from the fall of the regime.

Through the crushing of the demonstrations and a wave of arrests the Soviet troops succeeded to hinder the spreading of unrest on the 17th of June. In the end there stood a bloody outcome of at least 55 dead and several hundred partly seriously insured persons. For the deterrence the Red Army had several rebellious person shot who were arrested mostly arbitrarily. The open protests continued until the 21st of June and isolated actions up into July. Upon the 3000 arrests through the Soviet troops some time later followed over 10 000 arrests through the DDR authorities. About 1600 persons the SED leadership had sentenced afterwards.

“If the Soviet tanks had not come, the DDR would have already then be at the end.”


This quotation at the end comes from Egon Bahr. He was then head of RIAS, Radio In American Sector, and he says that the people in central Germany provided RIAS with information about the state of the uprising and RIAS then broadcast this information. But then a high ranking US representative had come into his office to instruct him to no longer broadcast the reports about the strike in the news. The Americans, says Bahr, were then afraid to provoke the Soviets and with it possibly triggering a third world war. I was at that time wondering why suddenly the news about the uprising became very scanty. So that was Egon Bahr. With this he has rendered the Soviet Union and its continued existence great service. Today he of course portrays it as if it was somebody else who caused the news stop. So Egon Bahr has all along eagerly been active supporting the politics of the Kremlin. Egon Bahr is truly a man who has won great merits for the enslavement of the German people.

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