At the uprising of 17 June 1953 in East Germany around one million people participated in largely peaceful protests in East Berlin and across the GDR against the political and economic situation in the GDR.
The protest was put down on 17 June by Soviet and East German military. A memorial to the 17 June 1953 uprising has been in place in front of the Federal Ministry of Finance building since June 2000. The glass image, which as has been sunken into the ground, shows a photo of strikers marching to the building known at the time as the House of Ministries. The roughly pixelated photo has been blown up several times its original scale. Information panels report what happened before and during the protest march.