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Cold War on the AirwavesThe Radio Propaganda War against East Germany$
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Nicholas J. Schlosser

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039690

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039690.001.0001

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Rias Berlin and the June 17, 1953, Uprising in East Germany

Rias Berlin and the June 17, 1953, Uprising in East Germany

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Cold War on the Airwaves
Nicholas J. Schlosser
University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the June 17, 1953 uprising in East Germany and the decisive role RIAS played in those turbulent events. RIAS's participation in the uprising is a testament to the complex interplay between the American radio station and the government of the German Democratic Republic. Throughout the revolt, RIAS was an influential political actor whose staff sought to shape the course of events in large part by trying to establish an explanatory narrative for the uprising. RIAS's commentators repeated a range of themes and ideas they hoped would explain the events, often as those events were unfolding. The ultimate expression of this approach was the declaration, in the moment, that the June 17 uprising was a popular cry for German reunification.

Keywords:   1953 uprising, German reunification, German Democratic Republic, explanatory narratives, June 17 uprising, American radio station

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