Ilko-Sascha Kowalczuk presents the second volume of his Ulbricht biography
After tracing Ulbricht's path to becoming a KPD functionary and Moscow emigrant in the first volume and dispelling many clichés in the process, the second volume now follows.
It begins with Ulbricht's return from Moscow in April 1945 and covers the entire history of the GDR, which until 1971 was shaped by no one more than Ulbricht. He was not only the builder of the Wall, but also endeavored to develop the GDR into a modern society after 1961. This was followed by the years in which he was sidelined by his own comrades. In August 1973, when young people were celebrating the World Festival in East Berlin, he died a lonely and little-mourned death.
Dr. Ilko-Sascha Kowalczuk, historian, Berlin/ Bayreuth
Dr. Stefan Wolle, Scientific Director DDR Museum, Berlin