Wilhelm Pieck

Friedrich Wilhelm Reinhold Pieck (German pronunciation: [ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈpiːk]; 3 January 1876 – 7 September 1960) was a German communist politician who served as the chairman of the Socialist Unity Party from 1946 to 1950 and as president of the German Democratic Republic from 1949 to 1960.[1]

Wilhelm Pieck
Pieck c.1946
Chairman of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany
In office
22 April 1946  25 July 1950
Serving with Otto Grotewohl
Preceded byNone (office created)
Succeeded byWalter Ulbricht (as First Secretary)
President of the German Democratic Republic
In office
11 October 1949  7 September 1960
Preceded byKarl Dönitz
(as President of the German Reich)
Succeeded byWalter Ulbricht
(as Chairman of the Council of State)
Personal details
Friedrich Wilhelm Reinhold Pieck

(1876-01-03)3 January 1876
Guben, Brandenburg, Prussia, German Empire
(now Gubin, Poland)
Died7 September 1960(1960-09-07) (aged 84)
East Berlin, East Germany
Political partySED (1946–1960)
Other political
  • SPD (1895–1918)
  • KPD (1918–1946)
SpouseChristine Häfker
ChildrenElly Winter (1898–1987)
Arthur Pieck (1899–1970)
Eleonore Staimer (1906–1998)

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