Margot Honecker

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Margot Honecker in 1986

Margot Honecker (née Feist; 17 April 1927 – 6 May 2016) was an East German politician. She was a member of the East German communist party and the East German regime until 1989. She was born in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt.

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From 1963 through 1989, she was "Minister of People's Education" (Ministerin für Volksbildung) of the GDR. She was married to Erich Honecker, the dictator of East Germany (1971 – 1989) from 1953 until his death of liver cancer in 1994.[1] She and her husband were exiled in Chile during the 1990s.[2]

Honecker died at her home while in exile in Santiago, Chile on 6 May 2016, aged 89.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Exile Factor: Wives of Deposed Dictators". The Independent. 22 January 2011.
  2. "Margot Honecker, Widow Of East German Dictator, Defends Regime In Shocking Interview". The Huffington Post.
  3. "Muere en Chile Margot Honecker, la mujer fuerte de la Alemania comunista". 6 May 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2016.