Walter Ulbricht
Historical Figure
Nationality: East Germany (born in Germany)
Date of Birth: 1893
Date of Death: 1973
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Atheist
Occupation: Politician
Spouse: Martha Schmellinsky (divorced),
Lotte Kuhn
Children: Three
Political Party: Socialist Unity Party
Political Office(s): Chairman of the Council of State of East Germany
Turtledove Appearances:
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Walter Ulbricht (30 June 1893 – 1 August 1973) was a German Communist politician. He was an early leader of the German Communist Party during the Weimar Republic. The rise of the Nazi Party in 1933 forced Ulbricht into exile. He quickly made himself useful to the Soviet Union, where he resided from 1937 until the end of World War II. As First Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party from 1950 to 1971, he served as the de facto leader the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). After President Wilhelm Pieck's death in 1960, Ulbricht was also the East German head of state until his own death in 1973.  

Walter Ulbricht in The Man With the Iron HeartEdit

Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Walter Ulbricht repeatedly demonstrated his devotion to Communism, and by extension, to the Soviet Union. After World War II, the Soviet authorities found Ulbricht useful as they established Communist regime in their occupation zone in Germany.

After Kondrad Adenauer was killed by the German Freedom Front, Soviet officials tightened their protection of Ulbricht. Some, such as Vladimir Bokov, weren't happy with the idea of protecting any German, but realized that they'd never find anyone else as loyal as Ulbricht, and that Ulbricht's death would just be another win for the GFF.[1]


Party political offices
Preceded by
New creation
General Secretary (First Secretary) of the Central Committee of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany
Succeeded by
Erich Honecker
Political offices
Preceded by
Wilhelm Pieck
As President
Chairman of the Council of State of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany)
Succeeded by
Willi Stoph