It’s the summer of 1953, and, across East Germany, angry people take to the streets.
This isn’t a polite street protest.
This is a furious, red flag ripping, police beating, office burning rampage.
The crowds demand:
- better living conditions;
- the reunification of Germany; and
- free elections.
Instead, they would get:
- the Berlin Wall; and
- another 35 years of hardline Communist government.
Could the 17 June 1953 uprising have ever been successful at bringing down Soviet-dominated eastern Europe?
Or were the people’s protests doomed to fail before they even started?
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The theme music is Newsroom by Riot.
The other music featured in this episode was Cylinder Seven and The Life and Death of a Certain K. Zabriskie, Patriarch, both by Chris Zabriskie and Sunset by Kai Engel. All tracks are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).