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Wolf Biermann and Robert Havemann in Grünheide (early 1970s)
Wolf Biermann and Robert Havemann, the most important GDR dissidents, had been friends since 1963/64. Both were staunch Communists but still resolute critics of the repressive SED regime. After Havemann protested Biermann’s expatriation in November 1976, he spent more than two years under house-arrest. Shortly before Havemann’s death in 1982, Biermann was given permission by the SED regime to visit his gravely ill friend. This picture of the two was taken on Havemann’s property in Grünheide (near Berlin) in the early 1970s . Photo by Meinhold.