Egon Krenz 30 years after the end of the GDR: “I can only deplore the injustices that have been committed”

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By Gunnar Meinhardt & Oliver Michalsky (Die Welt)


After an exemplary career within the Free German Youth and the Unified Socialist Party (SED), Egon Krenz ousted his political mentor Erich Honecker from power during the very eventful month of October 1989 and became Secretary General of the SED and head of the State, with a view to saving the German Democratic Republic (GDR) as a socialist state. A few weeks later, he lost all power.

The man who was the most powerful man in the GDR now lives in a small house with a well-kept garden behind the dunes on the Fischland-Darss-Zingst peninsula. At 83, he still looks very fit.

Thirty years ago, you, the most influential politician of the SED and most recent head of state, lost your country. How could this have happened?

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