From My Life by Erich HoneckerErich Honecker was a communist politician and the last state leader of the German Democratic Republic from 1971-1989.
After the fall of East Germany, he fled to the Soviet Union but was extradited to West Germany, were he was accused and sentenced for high treason, cause he ordered border guards to shot at illegal border crossers.
He was released from prison for health reasons and died in exile in Chili a few years later.
Former inmates recall life in Erich Honecker's GDR prisons
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The birth of our state Youth for socialism and peace Time for study The thirteenth of August As represented by Erich Honecker, the German Democratic Republic, together with the Soviet Union and the other countries of the socialist community, is a member of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance and one of the states of the Warsaw Treaty. In international politics and in the struggle for peace and disarmament it plays an increasingly. The index at the end of the book sets out all these abbreviations, together full. If times are bad. If there is a shortage of food.
As party leader he worked closely with Moscow which had a large army stationed in East Germany. He controlled the government of the German Democratic Republic East Germany from until he was forced out in the weeks preceding the fall of the Berlin Wall in October From onward he was also the country's official head of state as Chairman of the State Council of the German Democratic Republic following Willi Stoph 's relinquishment of the post. Honecker's political career began in the s when he became an official of the Communist Party of Germany , a position for which he was imprisoned by the Nazi government of Germany. Following World War II , he was freed by the Soviet army and relaunched his political activities, founding the youth organisation the Free German Youth in and serving as the group's chairman until In , he initiated a political power struggle that led, with support of the Kremlin leader Leonid Brezhnev , to his replacing Walter Ulbricht as First Secretary of the Central Committee and as chairman of the state's National Defense Council. Under his command, the country adopted a programme of "consumer socialism" and moved toward the international community by normalising relations with West Germany and also becoming a full member of the UN , in what is considered one of his greatest political successes.