3rd World Festival of Youth and Students

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3rd World Festival of Youth and Students
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Demonstration at 3rd World Festival of Youth and Students
Host country East Germany
Date 1951 (1951)
Cities East Berlin
Participants 26,000, from 104 countries

The Third World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) was held in 1951, in East Berlin, East Germany, and organised by World Federation of Democratic Youth.

The third WFYS was held in a period of growing international tension between the Soviet Union and the western powers; it took place against the background of the Korean War and the spread of communism in Central Europe and China. The festival was meant to showcase the young German Democratic Republic, formed in the Soviet sector of postwar Germany.

The motto of the festival was: For Peace and Friendship – Against Nuclear Weapons.

According to Jan Myrdal, people from the West were obstructed from travelling to the festival by West German police and American military. Some of them where shot at, when trying to cross the border.[1]

The festival's sports programme featured an athletics competition.[2]


  1. ^ Jan Myrdal - Ett femtiotal, p. 15–16.
  2. ^ World Student Games (UIE). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2014-12-09.

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