Arno Donda

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Arno Donda (born April 28, 1930 in Berlin ; † November 24, 2008 ibid) was the head of the Central State Administration for Statistics in the GDR .


Donda was born the son of a worker, attended middle school, was an apprentice at the Central Statistical Office from 1947 to 1950, and passed the Abitur in 1949. In 1947 he joined the SED . From 1949 to 1950 he was a member of the Central Office, most recently acting head of a department. From 1950 to 1954 he studied at the University of Economics (HfÖ) with a degree in economics. 1954 to 1959 he was assistant , senior assistant and lecturer. In 1957 he received his doctorate. rer. oec. From 1959 to 1963 he was director of the Institute for Statistics at the University of Economics (HfÖ) and completed his habilitation in 1962 and became prorector at this university. In 1963 he was appointed professor with a teaching assignment for statistics and to work in the “Bernau” working group for the preparation of the New Economic System (NÖS) for planning and managing the national economy.

From August 12, 1963 to October 1990, he was the successor to the fatally injured Heinz Rauch head or president of the State Central Administration for Statistics (1990 of the Statistical Office of the GDR). At the same time he was a member of the GDR Council of Ministers until 1967 . From 1963 to 1990 he was a member of the Standing Commission for Statistics of the Council for Mutual Economic Aid ( Comecon ). From 1971 to 1990 he was a member of the International Statistical Institute (based in the Netherlands) and, among other things, a member of the commission for the drafting of the “Code of Ethics for Statisticians”. In 1979 he became Vice President and from 1986 to 1987 he was President of the Conference of European Statisticians. He was a member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of the Population. In 1979 he was appointed a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the GDR (AdW) and a member of the Scientific Council for Economic Research at the Academy of Sciences. He was a member of the Social Council of the University of Economics (HfÖ). As president of the Joint Statistical Office of the new country, he was also deeply from 3 October 1990 to 31 December 1991 at the launch of the federal statistical system in the field of new countries involved.

Donda was a co-author of the university textbook Statistics. He was one of the authors of the "Analysis of the Economic Situation in the GDR with Conclusions" together with Gerhard Schürer , Gerhard Beil , Ernst Höfner and Alexander Schalck-Golodkowski , as a template for the SED Politburo on October 30, 1989. In this also as Schürer -Paper made known secret report, the over-indebtedness and economic disruption of the GDR became known for the first time.

In 1964 Donda received the GDR Medal of Merit , in 1969 the Patriotic Order of Merit (VVO) in silver and in 1980 the Order of Labor Banner .


  • with Otfried Kuhn, trade statistics , Die Wirtschaft Berlin publishing house, 1962.
  • with Eva Herrde, Otfried Kuhn and Richard Struck: Statistics , Verlag Die Wirtschaft Berlin, 1974

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ New Germany of August 13, 1963