Ulbricht in 1970
|First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany
(to 1953 as General Secretary)
25 July 1950 â€“ 3 May 1971
(to 1 August 1973 as honorary Chairman)
|Preceded by||Wilhelm Pieck and Otto Grotewohl (joint chairmanship)|
|Succeeded by||Erich Honecker|
|Chairman of the State Council of the German Democratic Republic
12 September 1960 â€“ 1 August 1973
|Preceded by||Wilhelm Pieck
As State President
|Succeeded by||Willi Stoph|
|Chairman of the National Defense Council of the German Democratic Republic
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Erich Honecker|
|Born||Walter Ernst Paul Ulbricht
(1893-06-30)30 June 1893
Leipzig, Kingdom of Saxony, German Empire
|Died||1 August 1973(1973-08-01) (aged 80)
GroÃŸ DÃ¶lln, Templin, East Germany
|Political party||SPD (1912â€“1917)
|Spouse(s)||Martha Schmellinsky (1920 -?)
Lotte KÃ¼hn (1953â€“1973)
When has there ever been a government in German history that came to the people and revealed its detailed plans for the coming years? That could not happen before, since German governments planned war and conquest.
It is the most important contribution we can make to speeding up reunification.
The nature of a democracy consists to an important degree in the right of the people to criticize problems and mistakes.
The government of the German Democratic Republic rejects secret policies. It works for the people, and only the people, so it does not need to keep secrets like the warmongers.
The more you participate in our common endeavors, the more successful your work in the factory, mine, wharf or village, in an economic institute or in the arts, in commerce or administration, the sooner we will be where we all want to be.
The victory of the working people over the exploiters and slave holders is at the same time the victorious struggle for liberation by the German people.
Any sensible family has a budget that lays out how much will be spent for household and other purposes. Without such planning, things would quickly go awry.
The success of each of us benefits us all, and the success of us all benefits each of us individually.
Something new has happened: For the first time in German history our fatherland is guided by a plan that considers only the needs of the people, and aims at building prosperity and reconstructing of our fatherland.
The West German population would protest passionately if it knew what secret meetings between the federal chancellor, McCoy, and foreign and Nazi generals are planning.
The plan shows that the twenty million people in the German democratic Republic and in the democratic sector of Berlin think only of peace, and that they are working for freedom and peaceful prosperity.
Let there be great enthusiasm for the plan throughout the entire republic that will overcome all obstacles. Let us join together to realize the Five Year Plan and bring our economy and our own living standards to previously unknown heights.
May we soon enjoy the fruits of our labor in a peaceful and united Germany.
Let us show our fellow countrymen and the entire world what the Germans can do when they work for peace.
The guiding principle is not to manufacture the goods everyone needs, rather to earn profits for a few capitalists.
In the past, people worked together only when some great disaster threatened.