Anniversary of East German Revolt against Soviets in 1953. West Berliners including Mayor Willy Brandt and Chancellor Ludwig Erhard at the memorials of those who died in East German Revolt against Soviets in 1953. Flowers on memorials. More than 200 memorial services recall day of revolt in 1953. Chancellor Erhard leads 75,000 people in a rally before the Town Hall. Freedom torch is lit by a man.
Communist-backed North Korea at war with South Korea. Views of U.S. Navy warships firing on North Korean targets, U.S. Army tanks moving through a city in Korea, and U.S. soldiers scrambling in a fire fight. A U.S. Army chaplain hugs a dying American soldier and pats his face. The chaplain closely prays over the dying soldier. A U.S. Army officer lifts a shocked Korean child into a truck. Young Korean children, possibly orphans, eating food at a table. Korean civilians including women and children fleeing the war. UN council in a meeting regarding the Korean War. Soldiers from multiple nations mobilizing for the effort in Korea. View of Kremlin in Soviet Union. Scene of Stalin dead, lying in state surrounded by flowers around his casket. Other Soviet political leaders look on. Citizens pass by site where Stalin is memorialized. East German leader Walter Ulbricht speaking at a podium. Laborers in East Germany struggling as they work longer hours for less pay. Workers construct buildings. East German construction workers sitting idle on the scaffolds of a building under construction as they begin their strike in June 1953, initiating the Uprising of 1953 in East Germany.
The Soviet Army suppresses uprisings in East Germany during worker strike and civilian protest of 1953. Demonstrators haul down a red flag atop the Brandenburg Gate in East Berlin. Crowds at Potsdamer Platz disperse as gunfire breaks out. A wounded demonstrator is assisted by comrades. Soviet tanks rumble through the streets. Martial law is declared and orders of the Military High Command are posted in East Berlin. Demonstrators throw rocks at Soviet tanks on the street. Soviet tanks and troops block demonstrators. A map shows places experiencing uprisings including: Dresden, Madeburg, Frankfurt, Schwerin, Leipzig, Rostock, Erfurt, Chemnitz, and others. A poster dated 18 June, 1953 announces the execution of Willy Goettling as a leader of the uprising. A newspaper announcement reports the condemnation of Alfred Diener, of the city of Jena, as a provocateur. Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor of West Germany, presides over a public funeral for Germans who lost their lives in the Soviet suppression of East Berlin. Leaders of East Germany are seen and East German proceedings against alleged ringleaders of the uprisings. East German refugees fill a large open building. They carry belongings and sleep on the floor.
Scenes from General Motor's Motorama event in New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel, in 1953. A couple stands next to a 1953 Pontiac Parisienne concept car displayed at GM's Motorama event. It was designed by GM's Harley Earl and team. The couple gets into the car as the man handles the steering. In the next scene, a young woman sitting in Oldsmobile Starfire is joined by another young woman. (Note: The Pontiac Parisienne is now part of the Bortz auto collection.)
26 July 1953: Cuban political leader Fidel Castro sends his men to the Moncada Barracks manned by the military garrison. His men are massacred and gunned down by the officers. The garrison Colonel Alberto, followed by his men. A crowd surrounds them. Officers with the uniforms of the killed revolutionaries. An officer at a table while others stand around him as he is rewarded the General Star. Officials sign documents. The wounded from the barracks in a military hospital. Officers and officials attend the military honors ceremony for the dead officers and soldiers. Policemen keep a vigil and search cars on the streets. General Rafael Salas Canizares leads the hunt for conspirators. The General with other officers pose with the arms found during a search. Buildings bombed and wrecked by saboteurs. Officers comb the island. Castro surrenders and is tried in 1953 along with his men. 1954: Other revolutionary fronts operating. A man signs a document surrounded by officials. Students demonstrate on the streets. A wounded on a litter and another on a hospital bed. 1955: Batista signs an appeasement and Castro, his brother Raul, Melba Hernandez, Haydee Santamaria, and Castro's men are released. The brothers are greeted by their sister Lydia. He announces that he will leave the country to organize an invasion. People rejoice on the street.
Civilians gather on streets of Berlin and celebrate the socialist DDR (GDR) government in East Germany around 1949 or soon after. Uniformed band plays during a ceremony in East Germany. The spectators and a group of uniformed party leaders stand, cheer, and clap. A east German teenage girl kisses the flag. Next scene shows unrest and protests with burning flags in the streets of Berlin, East Germany, during the Uprising of 1953. Crowd burns a flag and then tears at another flag to destroy it. Crowd marches in the street in protest. Scenes of Soviet tanks rolling. Next scene shows a protest rally during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Narrator mentions revolt in Poland also. Large number of civilians march on roads and cut the center emblem out of a East German flag during protest.