In: Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung 2013. Berlin: Aufbau Verlag, pp. 107-135.
The people’s uprising of 17 June 1953 is one of the most important and influential historical events in Germany after World War II. Throughout the last 60 years, it has been employed, appropriated and abused in both historiography and politics. When the archives of East Germany’s dictatorial regime were opened in 1990, the historical exploration of this event underwent a boom, which lasted until the 50th anniversary of these events in 2003. This research offered new insights. However, ten years later, the state of research on 17 June has, by and large, not changed. Since 2003, both academic and public interest in this historical date receded. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of East Germany’s influential popular uprising, the author examines its most crucial characteristics and addresses open research questions. Moreover, he elaborates on the question of an appropriate space of memory. This article is designed as a record that demonstrates that it will remain worthwhile and important to analyse, value highly and remember 17 June 1953 in academia, politics and society.