Erich Ernst Paul Honecker

Erich Ernst Paul Honecker

Neunkirchen, Landkreis Neunkirchen, Saarland, Germany
Death 29 May 1994 (aged 81)
Santiago, Provincia de Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, Chile
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 8601493 · View Source
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Head of State of the German Democratic Republic. He became a member of the communist youth organization in 1922. He went to school for 8 years and is described as not particularly intelligent. In 1928 he started a apprenticeship as a roofer which he soon broke off again. He became a member of the KPD (Communist Party of Germany) in 1930 and went for one year to Moscow. After the Nazis came into power he continued his, now illegal, work for the KPD and became a member of the resistance. In February 1934 he was arrested for a few days and then flew to the Netherlands, but returned in the autumn. On February 15, 1935 he had too flee again and went to France, but returned to Berlin later in the same year where he was arrested again. In June 1937 he is sentenced to 13 years in prison, which he serves in the prison of Brandenburg- Goerden. He flees on March 6, 1945. He meets Walter Ulbricht (qv) in Berlin and becomes one of the founding members of the youth organization FDJ (Free German Youth). He is the organizations leader from 1946 until 1955. He planned and led the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961. He married Edith Baum in 1947. They got divorced in 1955 and he marries his long time lover Margot Feist with whom he already has a child. On May 3, 1971 he ousted Walter Ulbricht from power with support from Moscow and became head of State. He rejected Gorbachev reform politics of "Glasnost and Perestroika" with the reasoning that the economic and social situation in the GDR does not make reforms necessary. During a travel to Moscow in June 1989 he said, that the Wall will stand in 50 or 100 years and congratulated China for the successfully striking down the student protests. While the members of the Zentralkomitee celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of the GDR on October 7, 1989 thousands of people demonstrated in the streets of Berlin against the government. The pressure put unto him by the Monday demonstrations in Leipzig forced him to withdraw from the power on October 18, 1989. At the end of January 1990 he was briefly arrested but was released the following day. In 1991 he flew with his wife to Moscow to escape criminal prosecution for incitement of homicide. As it becomes clear that the Soviet Union won't grant him asylum he flees to the Embassy of Chile in Moscow. Due to the pressure of other states he has to leave the Embassy on July 29, 1992 and is sent to Germany. He is put into the medical ward at the Moabit prison in Berlin. Due to a cancer illness he is released from prison in 1993 and the legal proceeding is stopped. He goes with his wife to Chile where his daughter lives and dies there the following year. He was cremated. The urn is in the possession of his wife. Cause of Death: Liver Cancer

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Erich Ernst Paul Honecker (25 Aug 1912–29 May 1994), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8601493, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.