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From Santiago de Chile comes the tiding that a German refugee, Margot Feist-turned Margot Honecker died from cancer.

Whether through cancer or weakness of the heart, she reached a ripe old age. Peace be with her soul.

Margot Honecker was the second wife of Erich Honecker, the DDR regime's head until that polity's demise in November, 1989. To those not familiar with either the name "Honecker" nor the abbreviation "D.D.R.": Erich Honecker was the last East German dictator. A communist dictator.

Most people wonder why the Honeckers left their workers and peasants' Paradise to live in Chile. The answer is very personal: in 1952, their daughter, Sonja, was born, and she later married a Chilean (against her parents' objections) and they eventually returned to Chile. So when East Germany broke out in tumult at the end of 1989, the Honeckers fled to Moscow, but did not feel quite at home there.

Margot Honecker remained an enigma to the end of her days, never restraining herself when commenting on her past, on communist East Germany's history or on other socialist failures. She defended every decision taken by her or her husband through thick and through thin. Here are some examples:

- She was minister for "Volksbildung", roughly "people's education". This means she made laws that affected the lives of adults as well as children. It comprised official propaganda and school syllabi.

One such decision was to impose on all pupils from 1965 on the need to take "Wehrkundeunterricht", roughly "military self defence classes". HIgh school pupils had to undergo military training.

- In a middle school of Pankow, the "Ossietzky Oberschule", pupils posted their personal objections to this. Margot Honecker saw to it that the pupils involved in criticising her project were expelled from that school. Her driver had to bring the letters to all the parents.

- Margot Honecker hated Lech Walesa and his Polish Solidarnosc labour union. "What a traitor", she castigated him.

- She was also hostile to Mikhael Gorbachev, and most importantly, to his wife, Raissa. Part of her hostility stemmed from Mr Gorbachev's successes and growing popularity for his Glasnost policy. The Soviet magazine "Sputnik" carried the promising news to East Germany; Margot Honecker in 1988 banned it. It is said she hated it especially for the criticisms of Stalin's terror.

- Of the East Germans fleeing to West Germany via Hungary from around 1988 on, she opined:
"I don't understand them! Are they daft? They have learnt evertything about Capitalism while at school..."

- Her driver reminisced: Margot Honecker was an avid shopper at the Wandlitz for-the-privileged-only shops where you had to pay for imported products with West German currency.   
He also remembers that on occasion she entrusted him with watchingt over her lady's bag. In it was a silver Browning - apparently for self-defence purposes.

Postscriptum:
There is a museum in Berlin, the "Mauermuseum am Checkpoint Charlie" which commemorates the estimated 138 people killed while trying to reach the West from the east side of the Wall. There were eight soldiers killed by DDR soldiers.


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Will N Korea publish a suitable commemoration?  

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It is amazing: One poster, ANONYMOUSE posted a reply but it does not show.

Is the CD system borked? Is it full of fish? Come on, guys and gals: the DDR was Eastern Europe's MOST SUCCESSFUL communist experiment... It definitely was more successful than the Soviet Union's or Poland's or Rumania's...  

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Post time 2016-5-10 12:41:34 |Display all floors
Emmy Mouse posted another reply - it has not entered the thread. Was she abusive? I don't think so. She sends me kisses every monthy and no missiles.

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Post time 2016-5-10 20:19:34 |Display all floors
Chosen ?

Was she a chosen person ?
9/11 was an inside job.
No second plane.It was a bomb.Bomb in the other building.
You KNOW without a doubt the videos are fake,right ?!
Planes don't meld into steel and concrete buildings.They crash into them !!!!!!!
It's amazing how the building ate the plane !!!
Imagine those fragile wings cutting slots in massive steel columns !!!!!
How STUPID can they think the people are to believe that crap ??!!

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Post time 2016-5-10 20:22:10 |Display all floors
THird reply (with alert to me): From Petera. Still no reply from Petera has entered, though...

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