Otto Grotewohl

1894 - 1964

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Otto Emil Franz Grotewohl (German pronunciation: [ˈɔtoː ˈɡʁoːtəvoːl]; 11 March 1894 – 21 September 1964) was a German politician who served as the first prime minister of the German Democratic Republic (GDR/East Germany) from its foundation in October 1949 until his death in September 1964. Grotewohl was a Social Democratic Party (SPD) politician in the Free State of Brunswick during the Weimar Republic and leader of the party branch in the Soviet Occupation Zone after World War II. Grotewohl led the SPD's merger with the Communist Party (KPD) to form the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) in 1946 and served as co-chairman of the party with KPD leader Wilhelm Pieck until 1950. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Otto Grotewohl has received more than 354,745 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Otto Grotewohl is the 2,493rd most popular politician (up from 2,718th in 2019), the 666th most popular biography from Germany (up from 740th in 2019) and the 181st most popular German Politician.

Otto Grotewohl was a German politician who served as the head of the East German government. He was the first prime minister of the German Democratic Republic from 1949 to 1960.

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Among politicians, Otto Grotewohl ranks 2,493 out of 19,576Before him are Mary of Guise, Françoise Marie de Bourbon, Emperor Kōshō, Werner von Haeften, B. J. Habibie, and Andronikos IV Palaiologos. After him are Porus, Antonín Novotný, Serzh Sargsyan, Sancho II of Castile and León, Necmettin Erbakan, and Huayna Capac.

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Among people born in 1894, Otto Grotewohl ranks 27Before him are Kiichiro Toyoda, Alfred Kinsey, Satyendra Nath Bose, Heinrich Lübke, Alexander Oparin, and Pyotr Kapitsa. After him are Hermann Oberth, Benjamin Graham, Kim Hyong-jik, Fyodor Tolbukhin, Arthur Nebe, and Kōnosuke Matsushita. Among people deceased in 1964, Otto Grotewohl ranks 19Before him are Vasily Grossman, Gerhard Domagk, Palmiro Togliatti, Gerrit Rietveld, Karl Polanyi, and Hans von Euler-Chelpin. After him are Plaek Phibunsongkhram, Giorgio Morandi, Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, Alexandre Koyré, Alexander Archipenko, and Emilio Aguinaldo.

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Among people born in Germany, Otto Grotewohl ranks 666 out of 7,253Before him are Ernst Otto Fischer (1918), George William, Elector of Brandenburg (1595), Werner Sombart (1863), Maurice de Saxe (1696), Karl Carstens (1914), and Werner von Haeften (1908). After him are Manfred Eigen (1927), Berti Vogts (1946), Georg Wittig (1897), August Macke (1887), Pavlo Skoropadskyi (1873), and Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria (1636).

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