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Wilhelm Pieck

Personal data
Date of birth3 January 1876
Place of birthGuben, German Empire
Date of death7 September 1960(age 84)
Place of deathEast Berlin, East Germany
NationalityGerman
Political partySPD, KPD, SED
President of the German Democratic Republic
In office11 October 1949 - 7 September 1960
Succeeded byCouncil of State
(Effectively by Walter Ulbricht as chairman)
Preceded byKarl Dönitz (Third Reich)
Allied military occupation 1945-1949

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Friedrich Wilhelm Reinhold Pieck (-deˈvɪlhɛlm ˈpiːk; 3 January 1876 - 7 September 1960) was a German politician and a Communist. In 1949, he became the first President of the German Democratic Republic, an office abolished upon his death. He was succeeded by Walter Ulbricht, who served as Chairman of the Council of States.


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