Margot Honecker

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Margot Honecker née Feist (born 17 April 1927) 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.

Honecker, who was known for her hard line political views, was responsible for the enactment of the "Uniform Socialist Education System" in 1965 and mandatory military training in schools. She was also responsible for the forced adoption of children of jailed dissidents or people who attempted to flee from East Germany, which meant that their children were taken away from them and given to communist parents.

Following the downfall of the communist regime in 1989, Honecker fled to Russia with her husband to avoid criminal charges, but was expelled by the Yeltsin government and subsequently emigrated to Chile.



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