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Walter Ulbricht

Ulbricht in 1970
First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany
(to 1953 as General Secretary)
In office
25 July 1950 â€“ 3 May 1971
(to 1 August 1973 as honorary Chairman)
Preceded by Wilhelm Pieck and Otto Grotewohl (joint chairmanship)
Succeeded by Erich Honecker
Chairman of the State Council of the German Democratic Republic
(East Germany)
In office
12 September 1960 â€“ 1 August 1973
Preceded by Wilhelm Pieck
As State President
Succeeded by Willi Stoph
Chairman of the National Defense Council of the German Democratic Republic
(East Germany)
In office
1960–1971
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Erich Honecker
Personal details
Born Walter Ernst Paul Ulbricht
(1893-06-30)30 June 1893
Leipzig, Kingdom of Saxony, German Empire
Died 1 August 1973(1973-08-01) (aged 80)
Groß Dölln, Templin, East Germany
Nationality German
Political party SPD (1912–1917)
USPD (1917–1920)
KPD (1920–1946)
SED (1946–1973)
Spouse(s) Martha Schmellinsky (1920 -?)
Lotte Kühn (1953–1973)
Profession Politician

This hunger for profits causes great misery for the people.
When has there ever been a government in German history that came to the people and revealed its detailed plans for the coming years? That could not happen before, since German governments planned war and conquest.
Walter Ulbricht
It is the most important contribution we can make to speeding up reunification.
Walter Ulbricht
The nature of a democracy consists to an important degree in the right of the people to criticize problems and mistakes.
Walter Ulbricht
The government of the German Democratic Republic rejects secret policies. It works for the people, and only the people, so it does not need to keep secrets like the warmongers.
Walter Ulbricht
The more you participate in our common endeavors, the more successful your work in the factory, mine, wharf or village, in an economic institute or in the arts, in commerce or administration, the sooner we will be where we all want to be.
Walter Ulbricht
The victory of the working people over the exploiters and slave holders is at the same time the victorious struggle for liberation by the German people.
Walter Ulbricht
Gifts fall from heaven only in fairy tales.
Any sensible family has a budget that lays out how much will be spent for household and other purposes. Without such planning, things would quickly go awry.
Walter Ulbricht
The success of each of us benefits us all, and the success of us all benefits each of us individually.
Walter Ulbricht
Something new has happened: For the first time in German history our fatherland is guided by a plan that considers only the needs of the people, and aims at building prosperity and reconstructing of our fatherland.
Walter Ulbricht
The West German population would protest passionately if it knew what secret meetings between the federal chancellor, McCoy, and foreign and Nazi generals are planning.
Walter Ulbricht
The plan shows that the twenty million people in the German democratic Republic and in the democratic sector of Berlin think only of peace, and that they are working for freedom and peaceful prosperity.
Walter Ulbricht
Let there be great enthusiasm for the plan throughout the entire republic that will overcome all obstacles. Let us join together to realize the Five Year Plan and bring our economy and our own living standards to previously unknown heights.
Walter Ulbricht
May we soon enjoy the fruits of our labor in a peaceful and united Germany.
Walter Ulbricht
Let us show our fellow countrymen and the entire world what the Germans can do when they work for peace.
Walter Ulbricht
The guiding principle is not to manufacture the goods everyone needs, rather to earn profits for a few capitalists.
Walter Ulbricht
In the past, people worked together only when some great disaster threatened.
Walter Ulbricht