‘Warning: RIAS poison’. In 1952, the Socialist Unity Party (SED) of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) publishes a poster condemning the broadcasts of RIAS (Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor), a US radio station whose studios are located in West Berlin.
On 10 February 1953, the Dutch UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart, forwards to the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) an initial report on the persistent mass influx of refugees from East Germany into the FRG and outlines the measures taken to house them.
Following the events of 17 June 1953, Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), expresses to the Bundestag his Government’s solidarity with the striking East German workers.
On 18 June 1953, in a note addressed to the Soviet Control Commission in East Berlin, the Commandants of the US, British and French forces in West Berlin express their indignation at the Soviet troops’ brutal intervention to control the workers’ riots in East Berlin and throughout the German Democratic Republic (GDR).
On 20 June 1953, in his reply to the US, British and French Commandants in West Berlin, the Soviet Commandant justifies the repressive policy of the Soviet Union and accuses the Western Powers of supporting the rioters in the Eastern sector of Berlin.
On 23 July 1953, the US President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, writes a letter to the German Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, in which he comments on the workers’ uprising in East Berlin and reaffirms the importance of working together for the reunification of a free and democratic Germany.
On 16 and 17 June 1953, strikes and demonstrations in East Berlin and throughout the Soviet zone lead to the intervention of the police force of the German Democratic Republic (GDR): for the inhabitants of East Germany, this signifies the end of democracy.
On 16 and 17 June 1953, strikes and demonstrations by workers in East Berlin and throughout the Soviet occupation zone lead to the intervention of the police forces of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the tanks of the Soviet occupation forces. Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), protests on behalf of all Germans and sets the reunification of Germany as his ultimate political goal.