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Erich Honecker
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World Leader
    (August 25, 1912-May 29, 1994)
    Born in Neunkirchen, Germany
    Head of state of East Germany (1971-89)
    Died in exile in Chile
    As secretary for security, he was in charge of building the Berlin Wall.
    He issued shoot to kill orders to East German border guards.
    Before he was forced out of office, he was preparing to have security forces fire on peaceful demonstrators.
    He avoided punishment for any Cold War crimes when Germany ruled he was too ill to stand trial.
    The Hannover Allgemeine Zeitung editorialized, 'Erich Honecker was able to die peacefully with his family. That is more than he allowed many people whom he saw as 'traitors,' 'escapees from the republic,' or 'enemies of socialism.''
    He was imprisoned by the Nazis from 1937 until the end of World War II.
    He adopted a program of 'consumer socialism' that improved living standards.
    He established diplomatic relations with West Germany and was the first East German leader to visit West Germany.
    He died of liver cancer a little more than a year after he was allowed to leave Germany.

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