November 24th, 1955 - Walter Ulbricht becomes Deputy Prime Minister in East Germany


On November 24th, 1955 Walter Ulbricht becomes the first Deputy Chairman of the council of Ministers of the GDR. The job function of this clumsily named title comes down to the position of a Deputy Prime Minister. This position had been newly created for Ulbricht which integrated and consolidated the SED Secretary-General’s position, not only within the party, but also in the state and government apparatus. Ulbricht, whose group had returned shortly before the war from exile in Moscow, was sent to Berlin by Stalin to organize the reconstruction of the Communist Party and promote their rapid association with the SPD in the Soviet zone of occupation, is now - at the end of the 1950s - the "strong man" of the GDR. After the death of East German President Wilhelm Pieck in 1960, Ulbricht becomes head of state, effectively grouping together all positions of power in his own person. One year later he already uses his dictatorial power for a momentous decision. The construction of the Berlin Wall cements the division of Germany for many years ...

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