Victims at the Wall
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A big parade of troops is held in East Berlin for the fifth anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall.
Walter Ulbricht states that the GDR, together with the Soviet Union, rescued peace by building the Wall five years ago. The Western Allies call the military parade an affront to the four-power agreements and protest against it. In West Berlin, Willy Brandt says: "The Wall will not vanish on its own, not by protest alone and not as an isolated event. It will come down, but only in the context of bigger changes."
Letter of thanks from the First Secretary of the SED Berlin District Administration to members of the Combat Groups on the 5th anniversary of the construction of the Wall, 21 July 1966 (in German)
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