East German civilian construction worker in East Berlin, Germany, 1953; escaped to West Berlin, Germany, 1953
REEL 1 Recollections of period as construction worker in East Berlin, Germany, 1953: living conditions in East Berlin; working conditions for construction workers; unsuitable politically appointed manager who lacked experience; rewards for productivity; competition between work brigades; method and effect of raising work rate percentages; wages received in his elite work brigade; reasons for strike on 16/6/1953; problems getting demands heard prior to 16/6/1953; organisation of demonstration, 16/6/1953; East German security measures, 17/6/1953; involvement of Soviet tanks, 17/6/1953; escape from East German security police to West Berlin; lack of American involvement in demonstrations.
REEL 2 Continues: story of state’s reaction to collapse of building they had been working on; living in East German regime; opinion of possibility of reunification; voting in one party state; buying goods on border; lack of consideration of emigrating to West Berlin; school friends who ended up in west; hope for change on Josef Stalin’s death, 3/1953; fear of arrest and interrogation and opinion of Communists; static nature of complaint system; character of company sporting organisation; emphasis on loyalty to party; attending trade test; nature of demonstration, 16/5/1953.
Submarines played a key role in operations throughout the Cold War. Commodore Frederic Thompson, kept himself and his crewmates entertained, by creating ‘radio’ programmes, which were then broadcast over the submarine’s internal speakers.