This year marks the 70th anniversary of the unrest during 17 June 1953 in the German Democratic Republic (“East Germany”). With this dossier of translated article excerpts, we want to shed light on significant aspects of the events and make them accessible to an international audience.
On 9 November 1918, the German Empire was toppled after mass uprisings brought the monarchy and First World War to an end. The achievements and limitations of the November Revolution greatly shaped the development of the German state in the fateful decades of the 1920s and 1930s. Analysing the historical lessons of the November Revolution has also been a crucial point of contention within the German workers’ movement, for it raises the question of the working class’s relation to state power.