About This Show
What if ... ?
It is one of history's most gripping and dangerous questions.
Sometimes the most interesting history is the one that didn't actually happen.
Every other Thursday, Almost History tells the amazing true stories behind the aborted missions, cancelled plans, utopian dreams and hubristic designs that didn't quite make it from the drawing board to the real world.
Rescued from the footnotes, archives and passing references, each episode explores what almost happened and explains why it didn't.Read more »
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AH12 Opening the iron curtain - the DDR's day of dissent
It’s the summer of 1953, and, across East Germany, angry people take to the streets.
This isn’t a polite street protest.
This is a furious, red flag ripping, police beating, office burning rampage.
The crowds demand:
- better living conditions;
- the reunification of Germany; and
- free elections.
Instead, they would get:
- the Berlin Wall; and
- another 35 years of hardline Communist government.
Could the 17 June 1953 uprising have ever been successful at bringing down Soviet-dominated eastern Europe?
Or were the people’s protests doomed to fail before they even started?
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The theme music is Newsroom by Riot.
The other music featured in this episode was Cylinder Seven and The Life and Death of a Certain K. Zabriskie, Patriarch, both by Chris Zabriskie and Sunset by Kai Engel. All tracks are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).Read more »
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