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, 1953

On 17 June 1953, the mood was unruly not only in the district of Gransee. At 12:10 p.m., the regional SED administration reports by telephone to the Central Committee in Berlin that the children in Löwenberg are refusing to continue their Russian classes and want to learn English instead. At 3:15 p.m., it is being reported that the brick workers in Mildenberg have gone on strike. One of the workers entrusted his suggestion for the solution of the national crisis to a clay-baked brick: "Pieck + Grotewohl kommen-in-en Sarg." ("Pieck + Grotewohl into a coffin.") He is of course referring to the President as well as the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the GDR as the main culprits of the misery. In folklore, this would be referred to as a "Feierabendziegel" ("brick with inscription"). Hopefully, this courageous brickmaker did not have to pay for his verbal radicalism. In 1953, a camp was created on the grounds of the Mildenberg brick factories in which many rebels of the 17th of June were forced to do labor.



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