The 1953 East German Uprising with Dr Richard Millington

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TankWelcome you to episode 6 of Cold War Conversations where we talk to about the relatively little known Uprising of 1953 in East Germany.

A lot of focus is on the fall of the Berlin Wall, but it can be argued that the Uprising of 1953 sowed the seeds for the eventual demise of the GDR.

We chat with Dr Richard Millington who has studied the Uprising and shares with us some fascinating research including eyewitness accounts and details from the Stasi files of the period.


Pathe new footage of the Uprising

Footage of GDR uprising 1953. With interview by participant

2 Days of Hope – German TV Drama

Other Links

Erna Dorn “Leader” of the “Fascist Putsch” in Halle

Richard’s Twitter account @DDRonline

Richard’s 17th June 1953 Twitter project web site

8000 Ft Media


Wind of Change – The Scorpions

Leningrad – Billy Joel


State, Society and Memories of the Uprising of 17 June

Anatomy of a Dictatorship – Mary Fulbrook

The People State – Mary Fulbrook

DDR Handbook