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Erich Honecker

Erich Honecker

Take a seat inside the office of the former general secretary of the SED Erich Honecker. At Madame Tussauds Berlin you can visit his wax figure.

Some Facts

  • Dive into the time of the GDR and take a seat inside the office of the former general secretary of the Central Committee of the SED beside the wax figure of Erich Honecker at Madame Tussauds Berlin. Erich Honecker was born on August 25, in 1912 in Neunkirchen. He was a German Communist of the GDR and was First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) from 1971 to 1989. In 1976, he accepted the office of the chairman of the state council and thus he led the two highest positions in the party and state of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Until the final collapse of the GDR, he rejected reforms and expanded the monitoring state. His policy was always oriented towards the demarcation of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • Honecker joined the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) in 1930 and finished his studies in Moscow the following year. In 1935 he returned to Berlin, where he was arrested by the Gestapo and sentenced to ten years imprisonment in 1937. After the end of the Second World War, he became the head of the newly founded Free German Youth (FDJ) and was able to achieve the top of the party during the next decade. After the forced resignation of Walter Ulbricht in 1971, Honecker replaced him as chairman of the Central Committee of the SED. Honecker was the authoritative organizer of the construction of the Berlin Wall, and he is the main contributor of the firing order at the inner German frontier. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was the head of the GDR's state council and chairman of the National Defense Council. In 1973 he achieved one of his greatest successes with the recognition of the GDR as a full member of the UN.
  • After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he was expelled from the SED and an investigation against him was initiated because of his responsibility for violating human rights during the time of the GDR regime. He fled to Moscow. There he was convicted because of his crimes during the Cold War by the German court in 1992. One of the main incidents was the incitement to homicide by the firing order at the inner German border. He returned to Germany because of the trial, which was stopped because of health problems. Honecker was released and exiled to Chile. There he lived together with his family until he died in 1994. Visit the wax figure of Erich Honecker in his highly detailed office at Madame Tussauds Berlin and dive into the time of the GDR.

Erich Honecker

“Neither an ox nor a donkey is able to stop the progress of socialism."

Erich Honecker