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Walter Ulbricht
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Ulbricht in 1970.
General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany
In office
25 July 1950 – 3 May 1971
Preceded by Post jointly held by Wilhelm Pieck and Otto Grotewohl
Succeeded by Erich Honecker
Chairman of the State Council of the
German Democratic Republic
In office
12 September 1960 – 1 August 1973
Preceded by Wilhelm Pieck
As State President
Succeeded by Willi Stoph
Personal details
Born (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

Walter Ulbricht (30 June 1893 – 1 August 1973) was a German communist politician. He played a leading role in the creation of the Weimar-era Communist Party of Germany (KPD). He was the first secretary of the Socialist Unity Party. Ulbricht was the leader of East Germany from 1950 to 1971. From President Wilhelm Pieck's death in 1960, he was also the East German head of state until his own death in 1973.

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