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Portrait and Bust of Walter Ulbricht (August 1964)
In the mid-1960s, Walter Ulbricht stood at the height of his power in the GDR. Over the next few years, however, he increasingly forfeited this power as a result of an ambitious program of economic reforms and a policy toward the Soviet Union that was controversial within SED ranks. After his forced resignation from the post of First Secretary of the SED Central Committee in 1971 and his death in 1973, Ulbricht was systematically pushed from the public consciousness by his successor, Erich Honecker. This photo shows a portrait and a bust of Ulbricht being made in Schloss Niederschönhausen. Photo by Jochen Moll.