June 17, 1953: Sixty Years of “Electing A New People”
Previously By Anthony Boehm: Funny Thing: Anti-German Racism In Czech Election Doesn’t Bother U.S. Main Stream Media
Sixty years ago this Monday (June 17), the people of the Soviet Occupation Zone (SOZ) a.k.a. East Germany rose against their leaders. Scores were killed in the uprising, including, thank all the Gods, over 100 functionaries of the Soviet-imposed “Socialist Unity” (SED) Communist puppet regime.
This is an anniversary which will probably not be noted much in the MSM, in the US or in Germany. After all, the victims were not members of any preferred group— just Germans, co-ethnics of what is still, despite our all political elite’s efforts, the largest component of the American population.
The uprising occurred in the framework of the Cold War tensions of the 1950s. West Berlin-based US radio did its job and incited the citizens of the SOZ to resist an increased work quota. Amazing as it seems in retrospect, a people that had been raped and plundered by the Soviets and their SOZ collaborators for eight long years found the will to take to the streets to demand that the new quotas be rescinded. Thousands took to the streets across the SOZ and huge crowds converged on the center of Berlin, carrying homemade anti-regime signs demanding all-German elections and chanting, “Death to Communism!”, “Down with the Government!”—and even “Long live Eisenhower.”
Their trust in the then-U.S. President was sadly as misplaced as that of the Hungarian revolutionaries in 1956. The US did not intend to actually do anything to support the Germans or roll back the Soviet Empire in Eastern Europe.
Soviet troops, together with elements of the Communist regime’s Volkspolizei , fired into the crowds and put down the rising by sheer brutality, with many shot to death on the streets or summarily executed. Others were murdered by the Communist regime after what passed as trials.
This June 17th Uprising was the occasion of the famous poem by Bertolt Brecht, The Solution:
After the uprising of the 17th of June
The Secretary of the Writers Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?
VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow cited these lines in his National Review cover story Time To Rethink Immigration [June 22, 1992] which ultimately grew into his 1995 book Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster:
“The government should dissolve the people and elect another one,” quipped the Communist playwright Bertolt Brecht after the East German riots of 1953. For good or ill, the U.S. political elite seems to be acting on his advice
Indeed, it appears that the idea of dissolving the people and electing a new one has been taken up with gusto, not by the SOZ regime, by the US government, beginning with the disastrous 1965 Immigration Act, and then by the West Germans and other Europeans. Apparently we have all forfeited the confidence of our governments…
…and they are responding by electing new peoples.
This is no sleeping nightmare, but a real fact that we all must face—as the Turks take over huge swaths of German cities and towns, Moslems burn Swedish suburbs, sub-Saharan immigrants murder a British soldier on the streets of London and European-American deaths exceed births for the first time in American history.
Anthony Boehm [Email him] is a federal civil servant.