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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 2,428,274 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Erich Honecker is the 398th most popular politician (down from 355th in 2019), the 113th most popular biography from Germany (down from 107th in 2019) and the 25th 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 398 out of 15,577Before him are Louis II of Hungary, Vladimir the Great, Mithridates VI of Pontus, Philip VI of France, Narmer, and Liu Bei. After him are Peisistratos, Frederick III, German Emperor, Boris Godunov, Maximilian I of Mexico, Sergey Lavrov, and Caesarion.

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Among people born in 1912, Erich Honecker ranks 8Before him are Kim Il-sung, Pope John Paul I, Eva Braun, Milton Friedman, Wernher von Braun, and Jackson Pollock. After him are Otto von Habsburg, Michelangelo Antonioni, Heinrich Harrer, John Cage, Carlo Ponti, and Clara Petacci. Among people deceased in 1994, Erich Honecker ranks 7Before him are Kim Il-sung, Karl Popper, Richard Nixon, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Charles Bukowski, and Erik Erikson. After him are Elias Canetti, Eugène Ionesco, Linus Pauling, Ayrton Senna, Burt Lancaster, and Andrei Chikatilo.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Erich Honecker ranks 113 out of 6,142Before him are Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (1368), Willy Brandt (1913), Gottlieb Daimler (1834), Baron Munchausen (1720), Carl Orff (1895), and Leopold Mozart (1719). After him are Ernst Röhm (1887), Frederick III, German Emperor (1831), George II of Great Britain (1683), Walter Benjamin (1892), Henry the Fowler (876), and Theodor W. Adorno (1903).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Erich Honecker ranks 25Before him are Peter III of Russia (1728), Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893), Gerhard Schröder (1944), Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1050), Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (1368), and Willy Brandt (1913). After him are Frederick III, German Emperor (1831), George II of Great Britain (1683), Henry the Fowler (876), Clara Zetkin (1857), George I of Great Britain (1660), and Augustus II the Strong (1670).