Mapping Modernity

12. Der Volksaufstand

23 October 2023

Uprising in East Germany

What began in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) as resistance to mandated increases in labour productivity among construction workers escalated into a broader workers’ and peasants’ revolt against the East German government within 24-hours. The resistance was violently suppressed by the Soviet Red Army in a matter of days. In response, the West German government publishes this survey map documenting the resistance and the subsequent crackdown.

Bundesministerium für gesamtdeutsche Fragen, Der Volksaufstand vom 17. Juni 1953 in der Sowjetischen Besatzungszone und in Ostberlin, eine kartografische Darstellung, Bonn (1953). Coll. S/T W.1c.922, 119 x 83 cm.