The Secretary-General of East Germany for most of its existence, and, with Erich Mielke, the most influential figure in its tyrannical, police state structure. In the final days of East Germany, Honecker tried to prosecute and incarcerate demonstrators, but to no avail—revolutionaries tore down the Berlin Wall and prosecuted Honecker himself. Honecker later fled to Chile, where he died of cancer.
Erich Honecker Character Timeline in Stasiland
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Chapter 6: Stasi HQ
...in tens of thousands of East German citizens, many of whom continued into West Germany. Honecker tried to maintain control by incarcerating demonstrators in Berlin and Leipzig. However, there were so... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Smell of Old Men
After the fall of East Germany, Mielke was roundly criticized, and—along with Erich Honecker—accused of treason. Mielke was sent to various prisons, and Honecker was prosecuted for executions. He... (full context)
Chapter 11: Major N.
...Major. N’s command. Her parents urged her, a little naively, to write directly to Erich Honecker. The next day, Julia nervously called Major N. and said that she’d told her family... (full context)