About 300,000 Berliners crowded the Marx-Engels Platz, East Berlin, Oct 7, for the German Democratic Republic's tenth anniversary celebrations.
About 300,000 Berliners crowded the Marx-Engels Platz, East Berlin, Oct 7, for the German Democratic Republic's tenth anniversary celebrations. The Red Flag and the new GDR flag with hammer and dividers flew triumphantly in the streets as Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party, Welter Ulbricht, Soviet deputy Premier Koslov and French Communist Party leader Thorez spoke.
Herr Ulbricht said it was "high time the fuse was taken out of the West Berlin time-bomb": he said GDR had no intention of interfering in West Berlin. He suggested there should be an agreement with a free, demilitarised West Berlin on the lines of that between the Vatican and Italy.
Deputy Premier Koslov said it was unnatural that 15 years after the end of the war no peace treaty had been signed with Germany. Now two Germanies existed and two peace treaties would have to be signed.
There was a clash later in the day between West Berlin police and East Berlin railwaymen who tried to hang GDR flag at some West Berlin railway stations on the S-Behn GDR-administered railway. Two policemen were injured. The Western commandants sent a letter to the Soviet commandants about the incident.