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Wolfgang Leonhard (1990)

Wolfgang Leonhard (16 April 1921 - 17 August 2014) was a German political author, historian, and expert. He wrote many books on Communism and how he was against it. He was the last living member of the Ulbricht Group, an anti-communism group. Leonhard was born in Vienna, Austria to German parents.

Leonhard died at a hospital in Daun, Germany from a long-illness at the age of 93.


  • Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University (1982)
  • Merit Cross 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse) (1987)
  • Honorary doctorate from the Chemnitz University of Technology (1998)
  • Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st Class (Austria, 2002)
  • European Science Culture Award (2004)

More reading

  • Wolfgang Leonhard, Die Revolution entlässt ihre Kinder. Köln (Kiepenheuer & Witsch) 1955; in Engl.: Child of the revolution. Transl. by C. M. Woodhouse. London (Collins) 1957
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