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Wilhelm Pieck

Wilhelm PieckAKA Wilhelm Friedrich Reinhold Pieck

Born: 3-Jan-1876
Birthplace: Guben, Germany
Died: 7-Sep-1960
Location of death: Berlin, Germany
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Head of State

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: President of East Germany, 1949-60

Military service: German Army (1915-17)

Originally trained as a carpenter, Wilhelm Pieck was a committed pacifist at the outbreak of World War I. Soon after his conscription into the German Army, Pieck was arrested and court martialed for disseminating anti-war propaganda. He fled the country and lived for a time in Italy.

Pieck returned to Germany between the wars and was elected to the Reichstag. Then the Nazis came to power and Pieck fled again, this time to Moscow.

After World War II, Pieck cofounded the German Communist Party, and ultimately served as president of East Germany from 1949 until his death in 1960.

Father: Friedrich Pieck (laborer)
Mother: Wilhelmine Bahrow
Wife: Christine Hafker (m. 1898, d., three children)
Wife: (wife #2)

    East German Leader 11-Oct-1949 to 7-Sep-1960
    Social Democratic Party of Germany 1895-1918 (left to found German Communist Party)
    Desertion 1917
    Exiled Italy 1918
    Exiled Russia 1940s


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