Wilson Center Scholar Publishes First Documented Account of Cold War Flashpoint

Jan 01, 2001

Christian Ostermann, director of the Center's Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) and a Fellow at the National Security Archive at George Washington University recently published "Uprising in East Germany, 1953: The Cold War, the German Question, and the First Major Upheaval behind the Iron Curtain."

The volume is the first documented account of this early, often forgotten Cold War flashpoint from both sides of the Iron Curtain. The result of an international and multi-archival collaborative effort led by the Archive and CWIHP, the collection includes declassified transcripts of East German Communist Party (SED) politburo meetings, Soviet foreign ministry documents, CIA and State Department reports as well as now formerly secret Polish, Czech, Bulgarian and Hungarian government and party files on the origins, course and fall-out of the crisis.

Detailed introductory essays to provide the necessary historical and political context precede the documentary chapters. Highly relevant to the current debate within Germany about the ability of the Party of Democratic Socialism, the SED successor, to come to terms with its pre-1989 past, the book has already won critical acclaim by DER SPIEGEL and other European press.

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  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Laura Deal // Catalog Specialist
  • Pieter Biersteker // Editorial Assistant
  • Charles Kraus // Program Assistant
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project