GERMANY: The Memory of June 17

With iron fist and velvet glove, the rulers of Communist East Germany sought to erase the memory of the 17th of June. From the massive Soviet embassy in Unter den Linden streamed decrees and orders.

Some were to the firing squads: by week's end, 30 Germans had been liquidated for participating in the strikes and riots which shook Red Germany. The Reds reported daily that more "provocateurs" and "strikebreakers" had been clapped in jail—at least 10.000, according to estimates of the well-informed West German Socialists. The commissars turned ferociously on the Volkspolizei, the big (145,000) German Red army disguised as...

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