Walter Ulbricht

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Walter Ulbricht (30 June 18931 August 1973) was a communist East German statesman. He ruled the country from 1950 until 1971 when he retired from the powerful position of the general secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany and stayed at the ceremonial position of chairman of the State Council.


  • Es muss demokratisch aussehen, aber wir müssen alles in der Hand haben.
  • Die Bauarbeiter unserer Hauptstadt beschäftigen sich hauptsächlich mit Wohnungsbau, und ihre Arbeitskraft wird dafür voll eingesetzt. Niemand hat die Absicht, eine Mauer zu errichten.
    • The builders of our capital are fully engaged in residential construction, and its labor force is deployed for that. Nobody has the intention to erect a wall.
    • 15 June 1961 at a press conference in East Berlin. Less than two months later construction began.[specific citation needed]
  • Ist es denn wirklich so, dass wir jeden Dreck, der vom Westen kommt, nu kopieren müssen? Ich denke, Genossen, mit der Monotonie des Je-Je-Je, und wie das alles heißt, ja, sollte man doch Schluss machen.
    • Is it truely the case that we have to copy every dirt that comes from the west? I think, comrades, with the monotonism of the yeah yeah yeah and how that all is called should we make a stop.
    • In 1965 at the 11. congress of the central comitee of the SED refering to the "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" of the Beatles and against the Rockmusic from the west in general [1][specific citation needed]

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