POLITICIAN

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 October 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erich Honecker has received more than 1,879,758 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Erich Honecker is the 355th most popular politician (up from 358th in 2019), the 107th most popular biography from Germany (down from 103rd in 2019) and the 21st 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

Among politicians, Erich Honecker ranks 355 out of 15,710Before him are Liu Bei, Cambyses II, Vyacheslav Molotov, Caesarion, Theodosius II, and Henry VI of England. After him are Helmut Kohl, Park Chung-hee, Philip III of Spain, Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor, Horemheb, and Dido.

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Contemporaries

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

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Erich Honecker ranks 107 out of 5,289Before him are Theodor W. Adorno (1903), Walter Benjamin (1892), Carl von Clausewitz (1780), Clara Schumann (1819), Albert, Prince Consort (1819), and Carl Orff (1895). After him are Helmut Kohl (1930), Alfred Wegener (1880), Baron Munchausen (1720), Theodor Mommsen (1817), Leni Riefenstahl (1902), and Peter III of Russia (1728).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Erich Honecker ranks 21Before him are Charles the Bald (823), Martin Bormann (1900), Clara Zetkin (1857), Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893), Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1050), and Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (1368). After him are Helmut Kohl (1930), Peter III of Russia (1728), Willy Brandt (1913), Leopold I of Belgium (1790), Henry the Fowler (876), and Charles the Fat (839).