POLITICIAN

Margot Honecker

1927 - 2016

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Margot Honecker (née Feist; 17 April 1927 – 6 May 2016) was an East German politician who was an influential member of that country's Communist regime until 1989. From 1963 until 1989, she was Minister of National Education (Ministerin für Volksbildung) of the GDR. She was married to Erich Honecker, the leader of East Germany's ruling Socialist Unity Party from 1971 to 1989 and concurrently from 1976 to 1989 the country's head of state. Margot Honecker was widely known as the "Purple Witch" for her tinted hair and hardline Stalinist views, and was described as "the most hated person" in East Germany next to Stasi chief Erich Mielke by former Bundestag president Wolfgang Thierse. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Margot Honecker has received more than 294,001 page views. Her biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia. Margot Honecker is the 3,855th most popular politician (up from 4,075th in 2019), the 1,064th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,052nd in 2019) and the 300th most popular German Politician.

Margot Honecker was the wife of the former East German leader Erich Honecker. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, she was convicted of murder and sentenced to six years in prison for her role in the shooting deaths of East Germans who attempted to cross the border into West Germany.

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Among POLITICIANS

Among politicians, Margot Honecker ranks 3,855 out of 15,710Before her are Augustus, Elector of Saxony, Felix Kersten, Giovanni il Popolano, Abu'l-Khayr Khan, Suleiman ibn Qutulmish, and Raymond of Poitiers. After her are Ulrich von Jungingen, Anitta, Kim Tu-bong, Charles, Prince of Viana, Ma Ying-jeou, and Chryses of Troy.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1927, Margot Honecker ranks 63Before her are Vernon L. Smith, Romano Mussolini, Steve Ditko, Vittorio Gregotti, Enzo Bearzot, and Rosalynn Carter. After her are Phil Hill, Sydney Brenner, Maurice Ronet, Narciso Yepes, Juan Almeida Bosque, and F. Sherwood Rowland. Among people deceased in 2016, Margot Honecker ranks 62Before her are Patricio Aylwin, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Toots Thielemans, Vera Rubin, Michel Galabru, and Konstantinos Stephanopoulos. After her are Vesna Vulović, Michel Butor, Sonia Rykiel, Edgar Mitchell, Michel Tournier, and Keith Emerson.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Margot Honecker ranks 1,064 out of 5,289Before her are Max Amann (1891), Infanta Maria Theresa of Portugal (1855), Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1886), Augustus, Elector of Saxony (1526), Alfred Naujocks (1911), and Feodor Lynen (1911). After her are Ulrich von Jungingen (1360), Karl Mack von Leiberich (1752), Robert Huber (1937), Ludwig Quidde (1858), Joseph Süß Oppenheimer (1698), and Emil Jellinek (1853).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Margot Honecker ranks 300Before her are Amalia of Oldenburg (1818), Leopold I, Margrave of Austria (940), Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1757), Carl Clauberg (1898), Max Amann (1891), and Augustus, Elector of Saxony (1526). After her are Ulrich von Jungingen (1360), Ludwig Quidde (1858), Joseph Süß Oppenheimer (1698), Emil Jellinek (1853), Natalia Alexeievna (1755), and Franz Josef Strauss (1915).