Erich Honecker

1912 - 1994

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Erich Ernst Paul Honecker (German: [ˈeːʁɪç ˈhɔnɛkɐ]; 25 August 1912 – 29 May 1994) was a German communist politician who led the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) from 1971 until shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. He held the posts of General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) and Chairman of the National Defence Council; in 1976, he replaced Willi Stoph as Chairman of the State Council, the official head of state. As the leader of East Germany, Honecker was viewed as a dictator. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erich Honecker has received more than 2,836,894 page views. His biography is available in 80 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 74 in 2019). Erich Honecker is the 365th most popular politician (up from 394th in 2019), the 101st most popular biography from Germany (up from 113th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular German Politician.

Erich Honecker was the leader of the German Democratic Republic from 1971 to 1989. He is most famous for being in charge of the GDR during the time of the Berlin Wall and the Cold War.

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Among politicians, Erich Honecker ranks 365 out of 19,576Before him are Alcibiades, Sigismund III Vasa, Gustaf V of Sweden, Henry V of England, Sergio Mattarella, and Kangxi Emperor. After him are Khafra, Bhumibol Adulyadej, Semiramis, Menachem Begin, Indira Gandhi, and Patrice Lumumba.

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Among people born in 1912, Erich Honecker ranks 5Before him are Kim Il-sung, Alan Turing, Pope John Paul I, and Eva Braun. After him are Milton Friedman, Wernher von Braun, Otto von Habsburg, Jackson Pollock, Michelangelo Antonioni, János Kádár, and Millvina Dean. Among people deceased in 1994, Erich Honecker ranks 6Before him are Richard Nixon, Kim Il-sung, Karl Popper, Charles Bukowski, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. After him are Eugène Ionesco, Elias Canetti, Erik Erikson, Ayrton Senna, Linus Pauling, and Giulietta Masina.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Erich Honecker ranks 101 out of 7,253Before him are Theodor Mommsen (1817), Gerhard Schröder (1944), Karl Lagerfeld (1933), Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (1368), Ernst Haeckel (1834), and Claus von Stauffenberg (1907). After him are William the Silent (1533), Max Born (1882), Willy Brandt (1913), Carl Maria von Weber (1786), Frederick III, German Emperor (1831), and Caspar David Friedrich (1774).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Erich Honecker ranks 23Before him are Peter III of Russia (1728), Helmut Kohl (1930), Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893), Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1050), Gerhard Schröder (1944), and Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (1368). After him are William the Silent (1533), Willy Brandt (1913), Frederick III, German Emperor (1831), Henry the Fowler (876), Clara Zetkin (1857), and Charles the Fat (839).