Erich Honecker startete hoffnungsvoll: Er lockerte die Zensur, sorgte für gewissen Wohlstand und bemühte sich um internationale Anerkennung der DDR. Doch am Ende ignorierte der passionierte Jäger die Zeichen der Zeit.
Berlin Wall - doesn't quite look like this anymore, but it's still there. A picture of East German leader Erich Honecker kissing Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev on the Berlin Wall (East Side Gallery), painted by artist Dmitri Vrubel.
Under the leadership of Erich Honecker, members of the Politburo, the highest decision-making body of the SED, appeal to the general secretary of the CPSU (Communist Party of the Soviet Union) for help in removing Walter Ulbricht. They argue for the necessity of his departure, pointing to mistakes he had made in economic and foreign policy.
Berlin, East Germany, Oct. 4, 1979 – Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and East German leader Erich Honecker change kisses after Brezhnev was honored with the title “Hero of the German Democratic Republik” and the “Karl Marx Medal”. Brezhnev participates in the celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of the East German State`s foundation. (AP Photo/Helmuth Lohmann/stf)