17. Juni kompakt (2023)

Header of the poster exhibition 17 June compact

17. Juni kompakt (2023)

The People's Uprising in the GDR 1953. A Poster Exhibition of the Federal Foundation for Reappraisal


On 17 June 1953, more than a million people took to the streets in East Germany. A social workers' protest turns into a popular uprising that covers the entire GDR. Only the intervention of Soviet tanks secures the communist dictatorship in the GDR on this day.

A date worth remembering in the history of German democracy. It shows us the power and powerlessness of the people. At the same time, the date reminds us of the importance of democratic values.

The exhibition
is shown in the cafeteria of the memorial.