Margot Honecker

East German Politician
Born Apr 17, 1927

Margot Honecker née Feist is a former Communist politician, who was a prominent member of the political elite in East Germany. From 1963 until 1989, she was Minister of Education ("Volksbildung") of the GDR. She was married to Erich Honecker, the head of state of the GDR until its downfall in 1989.… Read More

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1927 Birth Born on April 17, 1927.


1938 11 Years Old Born in Halle, Margot Feist was the daughter of a shoemaker and a factory worker. After graduating from elementary school, she became a member of the Bund Deutscher Mädel from 1938 to 1945. … Read More
1946 19 Years Old In 1946 she became a member of the secretariat for the board of directors of the FDJ in Halle. … Read More


1947 20 Years Old In 1947 she was the departmental leader of the FDJ's culture and education in the land board of directors and in 1948 secretary of the FDJ's central council as well as chairperson of the Ernst Thälmann Pioneer Organisation. … Read More
1950 23 Years Old In 1950 at the age of 22 she was elected as a representative in the newly founded People's Chamber. … Read More
1952 25 Years Old When she became pregnant and gave birth to their daughter Sonja in 1952, Honecker divorced his wife and married Margot in 1953.


1963 36 Years Old In 1963 Margot Honecker, after a period as acting minister, officially took up the position as Minster of Education in the GDR.
1965 38 Years Old On 25 February 1965 she enacted the law that made "the uniform socialist education system “ standard in all schools, colleges and universities throughout East Germany.


1978 51 Years Old In 1978 she introduced, against the opposition of the Church and many parents, military lessons for 9th and 10th grade high school students (this included training on weapons such as aerial guns and the KK-MPi).


1989 62 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She was married to Erich Honecker, the head of state of the GDR until its downfall in 1989. … Read More
1990 - 1993 3 More Events
1999 72 Years Old In 1999, she failed in her legal attempt to sue the German government for €60,300 of property confiscated following reunification.
2001 74 Years Old In 2001, her appeal to ECtHR failed. … Read More
2008 81 Years Old On 19 July 2008, on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua, Margot Honecker received the order for cultural independence "Rubén Dario" from President Daniel Ortega. … Read More
2009 82 Years Old In October 2009, Honecker celebrated the 60th anniversary of the founding of the GDR with former Chilean exiles who had sought asylum in East Germany. … Read More
2012 85 Years Old On 2 April 2012, she gave an interview where she defended the GDR, attacked those who helped to destroy it, and complained about her pension. … Read More
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