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The new comprehensive scientific biography of Walter Ulbricht by Ilko-Sascha Kowalczuk is based on years of research in numerous domestic and foreign archives. His work "Walter Ulbricht. The German Communist (1893-1945)" is much more than a conventional biography. It simultaneously represents a historical narrative about communism and the complex developments of the 20th century.


For the first time, the historian is now providing insights into the early years of Ulbricht's life. The first volume of the biography covers the period up to 1945, when the "Ulbricht Group" was sent to Berlin. It sheds light on Ulbricht's path in the workers' movement, the KPD's struggle within and against the Weimar Republic, the resistance against National Socialism and his years of exile in Prague, Paris and Moscow.

Knowledge of this background explains what drove Ulbricht after 1945 and how the GDR became what it ultimately was.

Free admission.


(Program in German)