Background: This is a translation of material provided
to East German propagandists in August 1961, just after the Berlin
Wall was built. Typical of the GDR’s approach, it presents the
Wall as a glorious triumph of socialism. It was produced by the
Election Commission of the National Front of the GDR as material
to use to get out the vote for the September 1961 election.
The source: Büro des Präsidiums der Nationalrats der
NF, “Sonderargumentation zum Schlag gegen den deutschen Militarismus,”
SAPMO DY 30/IV 2/9.03/10. SAPMO is the archives of the East German Communist
Party in Berlin.
Argument Nr. 55
It all worked without a hitch! The measures to ensure peace
caught our enemies entirely by surprise. The measures were solidly
prepared. They were carried out with studied calm and exemplary
Less happened during our military and other measures than at a Bavarian
church consecration. There are broken bones every night at the Catcher-Zelt
near the zoo [This was a large circus-style tent
at which boxing matches were held in West Berlin]. Our measures
to secure peace were entirely relaxed.
Brandt and his team do not know what to do. These fine gentlemen
and those in Bonn had confused our patience with weakness.
But now the proof is evident. A power has developed in Germany that can
stand against barbaric militarism. Look at the authority of our workers’
and farmers’ state! Aren’t those splendid lads in our police and army?
Look at the splendid men in our fighting groups who keep order and win
respect for our workers’ and farmers’ state! Thanks to our lads, thanks
to the workers and others in the uniforms of the fighting groups!
Peace is in good hands with the working class in power, with
a government of the National Front under the leadership of Walter
Ulbricht! When peace is threatened, Ulbricht does not hesitate
to save it. He fulfills the legacy of Karl Liebknecht, old Berlin
workers say. They think back on the forceful fighter against
militarism and war. In 1916 he proclaimed the crimes of the destroyers
of the German nation at Potsdamer Platz and called on the German
youth to fight for peace. Walter Ulbricht established peace in
1961 when he closed the doors to the provocations of warmongers
and front city hyenas by bringing order to Potsdamer Platz.
The militarists suffered a defeat! That is good, since they are the cause
of the misfortunes of the German nation. German will live and grow in
unity if the militarists are driven away. The balance of power in the
world and in Germany has turned against the militarists, and thus the
beginning of the general and complete defeat of the militarists is coming
in Germany. Socialism has already conquered space, but the cold and hot
warriors like Strauß and Brandt are still stuck in the past. The
people who want to live in freedom and without militarism have an unshakable
support in the socialist bloc and in the forces of peace throughout the
The big bankruptcy of little Brandt has come! He has incited and fought
against peace long enough. He has supported luring human beings away and
stealing children. What will little Brandt do now? He calls for foreign
help, hoping foreign troops will help him. What a fine German he is! Instead
of negotiating with Ebert and speaking as one German to another, he reveals
himself as an adventurer and traitor in the service of foreigners! He
runs from the politics of our government to the “Allied commanders”!
Panic in West Berlin! We take steps to secure peace and the warmongers
start howling! Why are all the moving trucks in West Berlin suddenly reserved
for months to come to move people to West Germany? Why the lines at the
airlines? Is the average man afraid of peace or the warmongers? Why have
so many West Berliners been complaining loudly to Brandt? He is leading
them to ruin! He travels to the Rhine to drink wine and tans himself at
alpine lakes, but West Berliners should accept what he gives them. Our
advice to you, dear people in Neukölln, Schöneberg, Kreuzberg,
and Wedding [districts of West Berlin],
is to get rid of Brandt. Come to an understanding with the Berliners in
the Red City Hall of [East] Berlin.
Get rid of the foul air of Berlin, the stink from Schöneberg.
Brandt is whistling in the wind. He was calling the governments in Washington,
London, and Paris for help every few minutes on Sunday and Monday, promising
eternal loyalty. But people there were on vacation. A few members of these
governments asked if Ulbricht had prepared everything thoroughly. They
didn’t give much hope to Brandt. Brandt did know that many influential
people from England have visited us recently. He knew how much they welcomed
our measures to guarantee peace. Why? No one wants to die for Brandt when
he can live peaceably in a peaceful Berlin.
We do everything thoroughly. The entire world welcomes that. They expect
that of us. We have thoroughly punished the Nazi war criminals. We have
carried out thorough land reform. We have cleansed schools and the courts
of Nazism’s spirit. We did our work thoroughly on 13 August as well. One
must be thorough when fighting militarism; it benefits the entire nation.
We will thoroughly oppose the plans of the militarists, we will thoroughly
stop the Hitler generals and we will thoroughly build peace in a united
Germany. German thoroughness is a virtue when it serves the cause of peace.
We therefore warn anyone against stupidly endangering peace. Think it
over seven times before raising one’s hand against the forces of peace!
We are prepared with good weapons on the border, and good sons of workers
and farmers in uniforms. These people who steal children and trade in
human beings have no respect for baby carriages. But tanks are not baby
carriages. Depend on it: Peace is holy to us, and we will protect it like
the apple of our eye!
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