March 19th 1949 – Decision to form a constitution for the GDR


March 19th 1949: The formal decision of forming a constitution for the German Democratic Republic was initiated by the Socialist Unity Party-dominated Peoples Council in the Soviet occupation zone shown here and paved the way for the founding of the GDR. For the SED it meant the consolidation of their power. For the citizens in East Germany it meant hope for the future. The enthusiasm of the celebration is genuine as well as the standing ovations for the president Wilhelm Pieck. No one yet could fathom what consequences the founding of the state would have the construction of a wall and shoot to kill orders were to come as well as the misery of hundreds of thousands of refugees.

Länge: 00:00:54 | O-Ton: nein | Farbe: s/w | Jahr: 1949 | Clip-ID: JHT000048E




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