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In front of the only surviving Nazi Government World War II era building is the memorial to the popular uprising of June 17, 1953. East German citizens protested economic changes and demanded popular and free elections. These protests were eventually met with brutal suppression. The memorial is documented with displays and a beautiful rectangular reflecting pool with a holographic image visible on the bottom. As this site was visited on June 17, it is clear that the date still holds importance to many Berliners who have left wreaths and individual red roses surrounding the pool.

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