East German living in Gorlitz, German Democratic Republic, 1949-1953. English translation
REEL 1 Recollections of period as civilian in Gorlitz, German Democratic Republic, 1949-1953: economic and working conditions; reasons for losing job as agricultural pest controller over Colorado Beetle plot, 1952; employment in factory; opinion of Germans to division of Germany; how people who held official positions had to sever contacts to West; state confiscation of packages and monitoring of currency exchange; situation in Gorlitz, 1953; opinion of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer of Federal Republic of Germany; hearing of strikes in East Berlin on Radio in the American Sector (RIAS), 16/6/1953; demands of strikers and spread of civil unrest, 17/6/1953.
REEL 2 Continues: civil unrest in Gorlitz, 17/6/1953; refusal of female inmates to leave jail, 17/6/1953; origins of unrest and reasons for joining strike committee, 17/6/1953; demands of strike committee and holding rally; arrival of Soviet Army armoured vehicles in town centre, 17/6/1953; further details of strike committee demands; role of Soviet Army in protecting Socialist Unity Party; contrast in treatment by Soviet Army and East German Stasi personnel; interrogation by Stasi in Dresden; nature of trial and imprisonment; attempt of Stasi to recruit prisoners, 1956; effects of announcement by Walter Ulbricht of the integration of the country’s economy with economies of other Soviet satellite states, 7/1952.
REEL 3 Continues: opinion of events of 17/6/1953.