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October 16, 1953

CIA INFORMATION REPORT, 'ESTIMATED DAMAGE AS A RESULT OF THE JUNE 16/17 MASS DEMONSTRATIONS'

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    A CIA report presents an assessment of the damages and monetary value of the damages following the East German Uprising, estimated by East German governmental offices.
    "CIA Information Report, 'Estimated Damage as a Result of the June 16/17 Mass Demonstrations'," October 16, 1953, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Central Intelligence Agency (FOIA Release). On file at the National Security Archive, “Soviet Flashpoints” Collection. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/112608
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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

INFORMATION REPORT

SECRET
SECURITY INFORMATION

Country: East Germany Report No.: [Excised]
Subject: Estimated Damage as a Date Distr.: 16 October 1953
Result of the June
16/17 Mass Demonstrations
No. of Pages: 2
Date of Info.: [Excised] Requirement No.: [Excised]
Place Acquired: [Excised] References

THE SOURCE EVALUATIONS IN THIS REPORT ARE DEFINITIVE.
THE APPRAISAL OF CONTENT IS TENTATIVE.
(FOR KEY SEE REVERSE)

Source: [Excised]

1. According to estimates compiled by East German governmental offices, damage exceeding 23,000,000 eastmarks resulted from the 16/17 June mass demonstrations. Loss in production was estimated at 62,000,000 eastmarks.

2. A breakdown of estimated damage is as follows:
All figures are in
1,000,000 eastmarks

Damages to factories, harbors, shipyards,
and mining installations 9.87

Damage to private and public buildings 4.73

Damage resulting from the pillaging of 3.69
HO and Konsum shops

Inventory damage 1.83

Damage to vehicles of all types 1.79

Damage to railroads and the postal system .57

Broken glass .30

Damage to weapons and other
Volkspolizei equipment .26

Damage to public communication installations .03

Cost of treating the wounded and burying the dead .37

3. 131 motor vehicles of all types were completely destroyed. 693 motor vehicles were damaged. This figure excludes all privately owned motor vehicles.