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Walter Ulbricht

Walter Ulbricht, German political organization worker. Decorated Karl Marx Order, Patriotic Order Merit in gold, Order Lenin, named Hero of Soviet Union, Georgi Dimitrov Order (Bulgaria), other foreign distinctions. member Social Democratic Party, 1912-1918; member Liebknecht-Gruppe, Leipzig, 1914-1918; member central committee, 1923; member State Parliament, Saxony, 1926-1929, German Parliament, 1928-1933.

Background

  • Ulbricht, Walter was born on June 30, 1893 in Leipzig, Germany. Son of Ernst and Pauline Ulbricht.

  • Education

    • Woodworker apprentice, 1907-1911.

    Career

    • Member Socialist Worker Youth, 1908-1912. Joined German Woodworker’s League, 1910. Member Social Democratic Party, 1912-1918.

      Member Liebknecht-Gruppe, Leipzig, 1914-1918. Co-founder, member German Communist Party, 1918-1946. Military service, imprisoned because of anti-war propaganda, 1915-1918.

      Secretary district administrator of Communist Party, Greater Thueringia, 1921-1923. Member central committee, 1923. Member State Parliament, Saxony, 1926-1929, German Parliament, 1928-1933.

      Elected to Executive Committee Communist International, 1928-1943. Party work outside Germany, 1933-1945. Propaganda work on front and in prisoner-of-war camps in Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, World World War II.

      Co-founder National Committee for Free Germany, 1943. One of leaders in setting-up anti-fascist-democratic order in Soviet Zone of Germany and in creating of Unity of working class and Socialist Unity Party Germany (SED), 1945-1946. Deputy chairman Socialist Unity Party Germany, 1946.

      General secretary central committee, 1950-1953, 1st secretary, 1953-1971, member People’s Chamber, 1949-1973, deputy chairman Council of Ministers, 1949-1960, chairman Council of State of German Democratic Republic, 1960-1973.

    Membership

    Member Social Democratic Party, 1912-1918. Member Liebknecht-Gruppe, Leipzig, 1914-1918. Member central committee, 1923.

    Member State Parliament, Saxony, 1926-1929, German Parliament, 1928-1933.

    Connections

    • Married Frau Kuhn.
    • father: Ernst Ulbricht
    • mother: Pauline Ulbricht
    • spouse: Frau Kuhn.
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    Born June 30, 1893
    Died August 1, 1973
    (aged 80)
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