Werner Eggerath

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Eggerath on a 1980 DDR postage stamp

Werner Eggerath (16 March 1900, Elberfeld - 16 June 1977, East Berlin) was an East German author and communist politician.[1] He was a member of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) and its first secretary in Thuringia from 21 April 1946 to 1947, already having held that position in the Communist Party of Germany before its merger into the SED. After having been Minister of the Interior of Thuringia since May 1947, he became its Minister-President on 9 October 1947, which he stayed until 23 July 1952 when the state was abolished.[1] Eggerath also served as Ambassador to Romania from 1957 to 1960[1] and as the State Secretary for Church Affairs.

Eggerath in 1950.


  1. ^ a b c Elke Reuter, Helmut Müller-Enbergs. "Eggerath, Werner". Wer war wer in der DDR? (in German). Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur. Retrieved 7 October 2012.