List of Leaders of Administrative Divisions of East Germany
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List of Leaders of Administrative Divisions of East Germany

This article lists the leaders of administrative divisions of East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic (GDR; German: Deutsche Demokratische Republik, DDR). GDR was a country that existed from 1949 to 1990, when the eastern portion of Germany was part of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War.[1]

Länder of the GDR, in red.

Until 1952,[2] GDR was divided into 5 states (German: Länder), from north to south: Mecklenburg, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and Thuringia.

Bezirke of the GDR, with their capitals in red.

From 1952 until 1990,[2] GDR was divided into 14 districts (German: Bezirke), each named after their capitals, from north to south: Rostock, Neubrandenburg, Schwerin, Potsdam, Frankfurt, Magdeburg, Cottbus, Halle, Leipzig, Erfurt, Dresden, Karl-Marx-Stadt (named Chemnitz until the 1953 Karl Marx Year[3]), Gera and Suhl.

Due to its special status, East Berlin (German: Ost-Berlin) was originally not counted as a Bezirk. In 1961, after the Berlin Crisis of 1961 and the construction of the Berlin Wall, East Berlin came to be recognised in GDR administration as the Bezirk Berlin, though it retained a special status until the adoption of the revised 1968 Constitution.[4]

Officeholders






States (Länder)

Mecklenburg

Location of Mecklenburg within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 Kurt Bürger (cropped).jpg Kurt Bürger
(1894-1951)
21 April 1946 28 July 1951
2 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-76246-0014, Berlin, Staatsratsmitglied Karl Mewis.jpg Karl Mewis
(1907-1987)
1951 1952
State leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
President of the State Administration
1 Wilhelm Höcker (1949).jpg Wilhelm Höcker
(1886-1955)
9 July 1945 31 July 1945 SPD
President
1 Wilhelm Höcker (1949).jpg Wilhelm Höcker
(1886-1955)
31 July 1945 9 December 1946 SPD
(until 1946)
SED
(until 1946)
Ministers-President
1 Wilhelm Höcker (1949).jpg Wilhelm Höcker
(1886-1955)
9 December 1946 20 July 1951 SED
2 Kurt Bürger (cropped).jpg Kurt Bürger
(1894-1951)
20 July 1951 30 July 1951 SED
3 Bernhard Quandt (cropped).jpg Bernhard Quandt
(1903-1999)
30 July 1951 23 July 1952 SED

Brandenburg

Location of Brandenburg within the GDR.
Party leader
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 No image.png Willy Sägebrecht
(1904-1981)
21 April 1946 23 July 1952
State leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
President of the Provisional Administration
1 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-10279-0001, Karl Steinhoff.jpg Karl Steinhoff
(1892-1981)
4 July 1945 20 December 1946 SPD
Ministers-President
2 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-10279-0001, Karl Steinhoff.jpg Karl Steinhoff
(1892-1981)
20 December 1946 5 December 1949 SPD
(until 1946)
SED
(until 1946)
2 Rudolf Jahn (cropped).jpg Rudolf Jahn
(1906-1990)
5 December 1949 23 July 1952 SED

Saxony-Anhalt

Location of Saxony-Anhalt within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-83285-0007, Bernhard Koenen.jpg Bernard Koenen
(1889-1964)
21 April 1946 1952
State leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Ministers-President
1 No image.png Erhard Hübener
(1881-1952)
20 July 1945 13 August 1949 LDPD
2 Werner Bruschke.jpg Werner Bruschke
(1898-1995)
13 August 1949 23 July 1952 SED

Saxony

Location of Saxony within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-11886-0010, Berlin, Außerordentliche Volkskammersitzung.jpg Wilhelm Koenen
(1886-1963)
21 April 1946 1949
2 Fotothek df roe-neg 0006033 001 Porträt Ernst Lohagen darkened.jpg Ernst Lohagen
(1897-1971)
1949 1952
3 Fotothek df roe-neg 0006345 010 Karl Schirdewan.jpg Karl Schirdewan
(1907-1998)
1952 July 1952
State leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Ministers-President
1 Fotothek df ps 0000062 Bildnisse - Porträts ^ Politiker.jpg Rudolf Friedrichs
(1892-1947)
1 July 1945 13 June 1947 SPD
(until 1946)
SED
(until 1946)
2 Fotothek df roe-neg 0006033 005 Porträt Max Seydewitz.jpg Max Seydewitz
(1892-1987)
31 July 1947 23 July 1952 SED

Thuringia

Location of Thuringia within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-19000-3828, Werner Eggerath.jpg Werner Eggerath
(1900-1977)
21 April 1946 1947
2 No image.png Erich Ernst Kops
(1905-1961)
1947 1949
3 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-20628-0096, Erfurt, SED-Parteiaktivtagung, Erich Mückenberger.jpg Erich Mückenberger
(1910-1998)
1949 26 July 1952
State leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Leader of the State Administration
1 No image.png Rudolf Paul
(1893-1978)
16 July 1945 4 December 1946 DDP
(until 1946)
SED
(until 1946)
Ministers-President
1 No image.png Rudolf Paul
(1893-1978)
4 December 1946 1 September 1947 SED
2 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-19000-3828, Werner Eggerath.jpg Werner Eggerath
(1900-1977)[a]
2 September 1947 23 July 1952 SED

Districts (Bezirke)

Rostock

Location of Bezirk Rostock within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-76246-0014, Berlin, Staatsratsmitglied Karl Mewis.jpg Karl Mewis
(1907-1987)
August 1952 July 1961
2 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1983-0321-416, Harry Tisch.jpg Harry Tisch
(1927-1995)
July 1961 April 1975
3 No image.png Ernst Timm
(1926-2005)
April 1975 November 1989
4 No image.png Ulrich Peck
(born 1948)
November 1989 January 1990
District leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Chairman of the District Commission
1 No image.png Erhard Holweger
(1911-1976)
1952 1952 SED
Chairmen of the District Council
1 No image.png Erhard Holweger
(1911-1976)
August 1952 6 August 1952 SED
2 No image.png Hans Warnke
(1896-1984)
August 1952 May 1959 SED
3 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1983-0321-416, Harry Tisch.jpg Harry Tisch
(1927-1995)
May 1959 July 1961 SED
4 No image.png Karl Deuscher
(1917-1993)
July 1961 June 1969 SED
5 No image.png Willy Marlow
(1928-2007)
June 1969 February 1986 SED
6 No image.png Eberhard Kühl
(born 1936)
February 1986 December 1989 SED
7 No image.png Götz Kreuer
(born 1940)
December 1989 1990 SED
Government Authorized Person (Regierungsbevollmächtigter)
1 No image.png Hans-Joachim Kalendrusch
(born 1939)
June 1990 2 October 1990 CDU

Neubrandenburg

Location of Bezirk Neubrandenburg within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 No image.png Willi Wiebershausen
(1917-1960)
September 1952 August 1953
2 No image.png Max Steffen
(1909-1988)
September 1953 October 1960
3 No image.png Georg Ewald
(1926-1973)
October 1960 February 1963
4 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1988-0718-435, Johannes Chemnitzer.jpg Johannes Chemnitzer
(born 1929)
February 1963 November 1989
5 No image.png Wolfgang Herrmann
(born 1939)
November 1989 December 1989
6 No image.png Jürgen Zelm
(born 1953)
December 1989 1990
District leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Chairman of the District Commission
1 No image.png Wilhelm Steudte
(1897-1973)
1952 1952 SED
Chairmen of the District Council
1 No image.png Wilhelm Steudte
(1897-1973)
August 1952 December 1953 SED
2 Fotothek df pk 0000308 023 Pfingsten 1947.jpg Hans Jendretzky
(1897-1992)
December 1953 February 1957 SED
3 No image.png Horst Brasch
(1922-1989)
1957 May 1959 SED
4 No image.png Kurt Guter
(1921-2001)
May 1959 July 1962 SED
5 No image.png Lothar Geissler
(born 1927)
July 1962 February 1967 SED
6 No image.png Adolf Garling
(born 1925)
February 1967 March 1972 SED
7 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-L0619-0027, LPG Dedelow, Besuch durch sowjetischen Botschafter.jpg Gottfried Sperling
(1921-1991)
April 1972 November 1977 SED
8 No image.png Heinz Simkowski
(1931-2008)
November 1977 January 1990 SED
-- No image.png Wolfgang Otto
(born 1947)
Acting Chairman
January 1990 June 1990 SED
Government Authorized Person (Regierungsbevollmächtigter)
1 Martin Brick (cropped).jpg Martin Brick
(born 1939)
June 1990 2 October 1990 CDU

Schwerin

Location of Bezirk Schwerin within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 Bernhard Quandt (cropped).jpg Bernhard Quandt
(1903-1999)
August 1952 February 1974
2 No image.png Heinz Ziegner
(1928-2015)
February 1974 November 1989
3 No image.png Hans Joachim Audehm
(born 1940)
3 November 1989 December 1989
District leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Chairman of the District Commission
1 No image.png Wilhelm Bick
(1903-1980)
1952 1952 SED
Chairmen of the District Council
1 No image.png Wilhelm Bick
(1903-1980)
August 1952 June 1958 SED
2 No image.png Josef Stadler
(1906-1984)
June 1958 July 1960 SED
3 No image.png Michael Grieb
(1921-2003)
July 1960 April 1968 SED
4 No image.png Rudi Fleck
(1930-2012)
April 1968 8 December 1989 SED
-- No image.png Siegfried Hempelt
(born 1931)
Acting Chairman
December 1989 June 1990 SED
Government Authorized Person (Regierungsbevollmächtigter)
1 No image.png Georg Diederich
(born 1949)
June 1990 2 October 1990 CDU

Potsdam

Location of Bezirk Potsdam within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-F0421-0204-001, Kurt Seibt.jpg Kurt Seibt
(1908-2002)
1 August 1952 April 1956
-- No image.png Eduard Goetzel
(1921-1986)
Acting First Secretary
April 1956 September 1957
(1) Bundesarchiv Bild 183-F0421-0204-001, Kurt Seibt.jpg Kurt Seibt
(1908-2002)
September 1957 June 1964
2 No image.png Werner Wittig
(1926-1976)
June 1964 8 January 1976
3 No image.png Günter Jahn
(1930-2015)
January 1976 November 1989
4 No image.png Heinz Vietze
(born 1947)
November 1989 1990
District leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Chairman of the District Commission
1 No image.png Curt Wach
(1906-1974)
1 August 1952 8 August 1952 SED
Chairmen of the District Council
1 No image.png Curt Wach
(1906-1974)
8 August 1952 January 1953 SED
2 No image.png Josef Stadler
(1906-1984)
April 1953 February 1957 SED
3 No image.png Herbert Rutschke
(1905-1978)
February 1957 June 1960 SED
4 No image.png Franz Peplinski
(1910-1991)
June 1960 December 1962 SED
5 No image.png Herbert Puchert
(1914-1997)
January 1963 May 1971 SED
6 No image.png Günter Pappenheim
(born 1925)
May 1971 February 1974 SED
7 No image.png Werner Eidner
(born 1923)
February 1974 June 1977 SED
8 No image.png Herbert Tzschoppe
(born 1927)
June 1977 June 1990 SED
Government Authorized Person (Regierungsbevollmächtigter)
1 No image.png Jochen Wolf
(born 1941)
June 1990 2 October 1990 SPD

Frankfurt

Location of Bezirk Frankfurt within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-Z0218-38, Gerhard Grüneberg.jpg Gerhard Grüneberg
(1921-1981)
1 August 1952 February 1958
2 No image.png Eduard Goetzel
(1921-1986)
April 1958 August 1961
3 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-20628-0096, Erfurt, SED-Parteiaktivtagung, Erich Mückenberger.jpg Erich Mückenberger
(1910-1996)
August 1961 May 1971
4 No image.png Hans-Joachim Hertwig
(1928-1988)
May 1971 28 August 1988
5 No image.png Christa Zellmer
(1930-2002)
November 1988 November 1989
6 No image.png Bernd Meier
(1944-2005)
November 1989 February 1990
District leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Chairman of the District Commission
1 No image.png Franz Peplinski
(1910-1991)
1 August 1952 8 August 1952 SED
Chairmen of the District Council
1 No image.png Franz Peplinski
(1910-1991)
8 August 1952 September 1956 SED
2 No image.png Günter Springer
(1922-2013)
November 1956 June 1960 SED
3 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1989-0922-300, Hans Albrecht.jpg Hans Albrecht
(1919-2008)
August 1960 March 1963 SED
4 No image.png Harry Mönch
(born 1925)
March 1963 May 1969 SED
5 No image.png Siegfried Sommer
(1925-2003)
May 1969 November 1989 SED
6 No image.png Gundolf Baust
(1941-2004)
20 November 1989 June 1990 SED
Government Authorized Person (Regierungsbevollmächtigter)
1 16-03-10-Britta-Stark RR27079.jpg Britta Schellin
(born 1963)
June 1990 2 October 1990 SPD

Magdeburg

Location of Bezirk Magdeburg within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-56841-0003, Alois Pisnik.jpg Alois Pisnik
(1911-2004)
August 1952 February 1979
2 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1982-1102-302, Kurt Tiedke.jpg Kurt Tiedke
(1924-2015)
February 1979 June 1983
3 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1983-0621-039, Werner Eberlein.jpg Werner Eberlein
(1919-2002)
June 1983 November 1989
4 No image.png Wolfgang Pohl
(born 1940)
12 November 1989 December 1989
5 No image.png Manfred Dunkel December 1989 February 1990
District leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Chairman of the District Commission
1 No image.png Josef Hegen
(1907-1969)
1952 1952 SED
Chairmen of the District Council
1 No image.png Josef Hegen
(1907-1969)
August 1952 June 1953 SED
2 No image.png Paul Hentschel
(1913-1959)
June 1953 20 November 1959 SED
-- Bundesarchiv Bild 183-12190-0009, Berlin, Außerordentliche Volkskammersitzung.jpg Bruno Kiesler
(1925-2011)
Acting Chairman
1957 1958 SED
3 No image.png Kurt Ranke
(1920-1999)
September 1960 June 1985 SED
4 No image.png Siegfried Grünwald
(born 1938)
September 1985 June 1990 SED
Government Authorized Person (Regierungsbevollmächtigter)
1 No image.png Wolfgang Braun
(1939-2016)
11 June 1990 2 October 1990 CDU

Cottbus

Location of Bezirk Cottbus within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 No image.png Franz Bruk
(1923-1996)
1 August 1952 August 1953
2 No image.png Albert Stief
(1920-1998)
August 1953 May 1969
3 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1989-0628-043, Werner Walde (cropped).jpg Werner Walde
(1926-2010)
June 1969 November 1989
4 No image.png Wolfgang Thiel
(born 1948)
November 1989 1990
District leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Chairman of the District Commission
1 No image.png Werner Manneberg
(1923-2000)
1 August 1952 11 August 1952 SED
Chairmen of the District Council
1 No image.png Werner Manneberg
(1923-2000)
11 August 1952 June 1959 SED
2 No image.png Heinz Krüger
(1919-2015)
July 1959 February 1962 SED
-- No image.png Rudolf Müller
(1911-af. 1985)
Acting Chairman
1962 1962 SED
3 No image.png Hans Schmidt
(1915-1995)
June 1962 May 1971 SED
4 No image.png Irma Uschkamp
(1929-2014)
May 1971 April 1989 SED
5 No image.png Peter Siegesmund
(born 1940)
June 1989 June 1990 SED
Government Authorized Person (Regierungsbevollmächtigter)
1 KAS-Herzberg-Bild-15197-1.jpg Karl-Heinz Kretschmer
(born 1948)
June 1990 2 October 1990 CDU

Halle

Location of Bezirk Halle within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-83285-0007, Bernhard Koenen.jpg Bernard Koenen
(1889-1964)
August 1952 1953
2 No image.png Heinz Glaser
(1920-1980)
1953 September 1954
3 No image.png Franz Bruk
(1923-1996)
September 1954 April 1958
(1) Bundesarchiv Bild 183-83285-0007, Bernhard Koenen.jpg Bernard Koenen
(1889-1964)
April 1958 February 1963
4 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-M1030-0315, Horst Sindermann.jpg Horst Sindermann
(1915-1990)
February 1963 May 1971
5 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1982-1124-019, Werner Felfe.jpg Werner Felfe
(1928-1988)
May 1971 May 1981
6 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1986-0424-409, Hans-Joachim Böhme.jpg Hans Joachim Böhme
(1929-2012)
May 1981 November 1989
7 Roland Claus.jpg Roland Claus
(born 1954)
November 1989 1990
District leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Chairman of the District Commission
1 Werner Bruschke.jpg Werner Bruschke
(1898-1995)
1952 1952 SED
Chairmen of the District Council
1 Werner Bruschke.jpg Werner Bruschke
(1898-1995)
August 1952 November 1954 SED
2 No image.png Helmut Becker
(1917-1998)
December 1954 June 1958 SED
3 No image.png Otto Leopold
(1901-1975)
July 1958 March 1966 SED
4 No image.png Helmut Klapproth
(1928-2011)
May 1966 February 1984 SED
5 No image.png Alfred Kolodniak
(born 1931)
February 1984 January 1990 SED
6 No image.png Wolfgang Süss
(born 1934)
January 1990 June 1990 SED
Government Authorized Person (Regierungsbevollmächtigter)
1 No image.png Klaus Keitel
(born 1939)
June 1990 2 October 1990 CDU

Leipzig

Location of Bezirk Leipzig within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 Fotothek df roe-neg 0006345 010 Karl Schirdewan.jpg Karl Schirdewan
(1907-1998)
July 1952 December 1952
2 Fotothek df roe-neg 0006081 009 Porträt Paul Fröhlich.jpg Paul Fröhlich
(1913-1970)
January 1953 19 September 1970
3 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-F0711-0034-001, Horst Schumann.jpg Horst Schumann
(1924-1993)
November 1970 5 November 1989
4 No image.png Roland Wötzel
(born 1938)
November 1989 February 1990
District leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Chairmen of the District Council
1 No image.png Karl Adolphs
(1904-1989)
August 1952 March 1959 SED
2 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-76246-0010, Berlin, Staatsratsmitglied Erich Grützner.jpg Erich Grützner
(1910-2001)
April 1959 February 1974 SED
3 No image.png Rolf Opitz
(1929-2006)
February 1974 December 1989 SED
4 No image.png Joachim Draber
(born 1939)
December 1989 June 1990 SED
Government Authorized Person (Regierungsbevollmächtigter)
1 No image.png Rudolf Krause
(born 1939)
June 1990 2 October 1990 CDU

Erfurt

Location of Bezirk Erfurt within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-20628-0096, Erfurt, SED-Parteiaktivtagung, Erich Mückenberger.jpg Erich Mückenberger
(1910-1998)
26 July 1952 July 1953
2 No image.png Hans Kiefert
(1905-1966)
August 1953 February 1957
3 No image.png Hermann Fischer
(1911-1967)
February 1957 June 1958
4 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-F0417-0205-001, Alois Bräutigam.jpg Alois Bräutigam
(1916-2007)
June 1958 April 1980
5 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1989-1016-039, Kombinat Umformtechnik Erfurt, Gerhard Müller.jpg Gerhard Müller
(born 1928)
April 1980 11 November 1989
6 No image.png Herbert Kroker
(born 1929)
11 November 1989 December 1989
District leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Chairman of the District Commission
1 No image.png Willy Gebhardt
(1901-1973)
26 July 1952 1 August 1952 SED
Chairmen of the District Council
1 No image.png Willy Gebhardt
(1901-1973)
1 August 1952 9 October 1962 SED
2 No image.png Richard Gothe
(1928-1985)
9 October 1962 17 January 1985 SED
-- No image.png Horst Lang
(born 1938)
Acting Chairman
17 January 1985 5 March 1985 SED
3 No image.png Arthur Swatek
(1932-1990)
6 March 1985 4 February 1990 SED
-- No image.png Horst Lang
(born 1938)
Acting Chairman
5 February 1990 8 June 1990 SED
Government Authorized Person (Regierungsbevollmächtigter)
1 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1990-1014-304, Gotha, Landtagswahl, Josef Duchac.jpg Josef Duchac
(born 1938)
8 June 1990 2 October 1990 CDU

Dresden

Location of Bezirk Dresden within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 No image.png Hans Riesner
(1902-1976)
August 1952 February 1957
2 No image.png Fritz Reuter
(1911-2000)
February 1957 May 1960
3 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1983-0506-026, Werner Krolikowski.jpg Werner Krolikowski
(born 1928)
May 1960 October 1973
4 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1989-1117-019, Hans Modrow.jpg Hans Modrow
(born 1928)
October 1973 November 1989
5 No image.png Hans-Joachim Hahn
(born 1934)
November 1989 January 1990
District leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Chairmen of the District Council
1 Rudolf Jahn (cropped).jpg Rudolf Jahn
(1906-1990)
August 1952 November 1958 SED
2 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-58779-0006, Dresden, 9. CDU-Parteitag, Weidauer, Jahn cropped to highlight WW.jpg Walter Weidauer
(1899-1986)
December 1958 January 1961 SED
3 No image.png Günter Witteck
(born 1928)
February 1961 March 1963 SED
4 No image.png Manfred Scheler
(1929-2014)
March 1963 July 1982 SED
(3) No image.png Günter Witteck
(born 1928)
July 1982 December 1989 SED
5 No image.png Wolfgang Sieber
(1934-2017)
December 1989 February 1990 SED
6 No image.png Michael Kunze
(born 1944)
February 1990 June 1990 SED
Government Authorized Person (Regierungsbevollmächtigter)
1 No image.png Siegfried Ballschuh June 1990 2 October 1990 CDU

Karl-Marx-Stadt

Location of Bezirk Karl-Marx-Stadt within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-73766-0019, FDGB-Kunst- und Literaturpreis an Hans-Jürgen Steinmann.jpg Walter Buchheim
(1904-1979)
July 1952 October 1959
2 No image.png Rolf Weihs
(1920-2000)
January 1960 February 1963
3 Karl-Marx-Stadt, Bezirksdelegiertenkonferenz der SED 1971.jpg Paul Roscher
(1913-1993)
February 1963 March 1976
4 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1986-0520-411, Siegfried Lorenz.jpg Siegfried Lorenz
(born 1930)
March 1976 November 1989
5 No image.png Norbert Kertscher
(born 1954)
November 1989 1990
District leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Chairman of the District Council
1 No image.png Max Müller
(1899-1977)
August 1952 March 1960 SED
2 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1982-1124-019, Werner Felfe.jpg Werner Felfe
(1928-1988)
March 1960 September 1963 SED
3 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-L1031-0032, Bei Schweinsburg-Culten, Eisenbahnunglück, Hilfe für Verletzte.jpg Heinz Arnold
(1920-2000)
1963 January 1981 SED
4 No image.png Lothar Fichtner
(born 1934)
February 1981 June 1990 SED
Government Authorized Person (Regierungsbevollmächtigter)
1 No image.png Albrecht Buttolo
(born 1947)
11 June 1990 2 October 1990 CDU

Gera

Location of Bezirk Gera within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-59474-0001, Dorndorf, Kaliwerk "Einheit, Elektrowerkstatt, Bergarbeiter.jpg Otto Funke
(1915-1999)
26 July 1952 1955
2 No image.png Heinz Glaser
(1920-1980)
1955 August 1959
3 Karl-Marx-Stadt, Bezirksdelegiertenkonferenz der SED 1971.jpg Paul Roscher
(1913-1993)
September 1959 February 1963
4 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1985-0826-035, Herbert Ziegenhahn.jpg Herbert Ziegenhahn
(1921-1993)
February 1963 November 1989
5 No image.png Erich Postler
(born 1940)
November 1989 December 1989
District leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Chairman of the District Commission
1 No image.png Lydia Poser
(1909-1984)
26 July 1952 1 August 1952 SED
Chairmen of the District Council
1 No image.png Lydia Poser
(1909-1984)
1 August 1952 14 October 1959 SED
2 No image.png Albert Wettengel
(1921-2004)
14 October 1959 19 May 1965 SED
3 No image.png Horst Wenzel
(1914-1974)[b]
20 May 1965 28 March 1973 SED
4 No image.png Rudolf Bahmann
(1929-1977)
28 March 1973 19 September 1977 SED
-- No image.png Joachim Mittasch
Acting Chairman
20 September 1977 8 December 1977 SED
5 No image.png Karl-Heinz Fleischer
(1932-2008)
9 December 1977 30 May 1983 SED
6 No image.png Werner Ulbrich
(1928-1999)
30 May 1983 9 January 1990 SED
7 No image.png Helmut Luck
(born 1930)[c]
10 January 1990 8 June 1990 SED
Government Authorized Person (Regierungsbevollmächtigter)
1 No image.png Peter Lindlau 8 June 1990 2 October 1990 CDU

Suhl

Location of Bezirk Suhl within the GDR.
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 No image.png Adolf Färber
(1912-1987)
26 July 1952 August 1954
2 No image.png Kurt Schneidewind
(1912-1983)
November 1954 September 1956
3 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-59474-0001, Dorndorf, Kaliwerk "Einheit, Elektrowerkstatt, Bergarbeiter.jpg Otto Funke
(1915-1997)
1956 August 1968
4 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1989-0922-300, Hans Albrecht.jpg Hans Albrecht
(1919-2008)
August 1968 November 1989
5 No image.png Peter Pechauf
(born 1941)
November 1989 February 1990
District leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Chairman of the District Commission
1 No image.png Fritz Sattler
(1896-1964)
26 July 1952 1 August 1952 SED
Chairmen of the District Council
1 No image.png Fritz Sattler
(1896-1964)
1 August 1952 29 November 1958 SED
2 No image.png Wilhelm Behnke
(1914-1975)
29 November 1958 26 July 1967 SED
3 No image.png Arnold Zimmermann
(1922-2015)
26 July 1967 16 May 1990 SED
-- No image.png Helmuth Vierling
(born 1945)
Acting Chairman
16 May 1990 8 June 1990 SED
Government Authorized Person (Regierungsbevollmächtigter)
1 KAS-Ulbrich, Werner-Bild-32874-2.jpg Werner Ulbrich
(born 1939)
8 June 1990 2 October 1990 CDU

East Berlin

Location of East Berlin within the GDR.
Boroughs of East Berlin (1987).
Map of East Berlin (1989).
Party leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office
First Secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)
1 Fotothek df ps 0000063 Bildnisse - Porträts ^ Politiker.jpg Hermann Matern
(1893-1971)
21 April 1946 1948
2 Fotothek df pk 0000308 023 Pfingsten 1947.jpg Hans Jendretzky
(1897-1992)
1948 1953
3 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1984-0426-34, Alfred Neumann.jpg Alfred Neumann
(1909-2001)
1953 1957
4 No image.png Hans Kiefert
(1905-1966)
1957 1959
5 Paul Verner.jpg Paul Verner
(1905-1986)
1959 May 1971
6 ?-?. ?. , ?. ?, ?.   . 1982 cropped to highlght Konrad Naumann.JPG Konrad Naumann
(1929-1992)
May 1971 November 1985
7 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1982-0504-421, Günter Schabowski.jpg Günter Schabowski
(1929-2015)
November 1985 November 1989
8 No image.png Heinz Albrecht
(born 1935)
November 1989 1989
District leaders
No. Portrait Name
(Birth-Death)
Took office Left office Political party
Lord Mayors
1 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-83285-0029, Friedrich Ebert.jpg Friedrich Ebert Jr.
(1894-1979)[d]
30 November 1948 5 July 1967 SED
2 Herbert Fechner.jpg Herbert Fechner
(1913-1998)
5 July 1967 11 February 1974 SED
3 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1987-1028-040, Berlin, 750-Jahr-Feier, Stadtverordnetenversammlung (cropped).jpg Erhard Krack
(1931-2000)
11 February 1974 15 February 1990 SED
(until 1989)
PDS
(from 1989)
-- No image.png Hannelore Mensch
(born 1937)
Acting Lord Mayor
[Acting for Krack]
January 1979 1980 SED
-- No image.png Ingrid Pankraz
(born 1948)
Acting Lord Mayor
15 February 1990 23 February 1990 PDS
4 No image.png Christian Hartenhauer
(born 1948)
23 February 1990 30 May 1990 PDS
5 Tino Schwierzina (cropped2).jpg Tino Schwierzina
(1927-2003)
30 May 1990 11 January 1991 SDP
-- Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1990-0713-309, Thomas Krüger.jpg Thomas Krüger
(born 1959)
Acting Lord Mayor
11 January 1991 24 January 1991 SDP

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Acting to 8 October 1947.
  2. ^ Acting to 8 November 1965.
  3. ^ Acting from 1 June 1990.
  4. ^ Provisional to 17 October 1954.

References

  1. ^ Grieder, Peter (2 November 2012). The German Democratic Republic. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. xviii. ISBN 9780230356863.
  2. ^ a b Illing, Falk (7 October 2014). Die sächsische FDP seit 1990: Auf dem Weg zur etablierten Partei? (in German). Springer-Verlag. p. 71. ISBN 9783658046576.
  3. ^ Travel Guide, German Democratic Republic. Zeit im Bild Publishing House. 1983. p. 89.
  4. ^ Horváth, Gyula (21 August 2014). Spaces and Places in Central and Eastern Europe: Historical Trends and Perspectives. Routledge. p. 109. ISBN 9781317917540.

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