Heinz Ziegner

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Heinz Ziegner (born July 13, 1928 in Annarode ; † December 23, 2015 there ) was a German SED functionary.


He was born into a working class family and attended middle school. After the end of the Second World War , the farm worker joined the SPD in 1945 , which was forcibly united with the KPD to form the SED in 1946 . In 1945 he became an employee of the district council in the Hettstedt district and there until 1949 head of the district statistical office. He also became a member of the FDGB and the FDJ in 1946 . During this time he also headed the basic local organization of the SED and was also a member of the FDJ leadership in Annarode until 1948.

From 1949 to 1950 he worked as a department head in the SED district leadership in Hettstedt. In 1950 he was transferred to the Salzwedel district , where he worked as a department head until 1953 and later as the first secretary of the SED district leadership. In 1954 he took on the same position in the Schönebeck district . In the same year he was appointed first secretary of the FDJ district management of the Magdeburg district.

From 1974 until the political change in 1989 he was the first secretary of the SED district leadership in the Schwerin district . From 1971 to 1989 he was also a member of the People's Chamber . In 1984 he was awarded the Patriotic Order of Merit in gold. At a protest demonstration in Schwerin on October 23, 1989, he said: "We have no time and no ear for advice aimed at eliminating socialism". Ziegner was seen as an unprofitable apparatchik.

He had his mandate on November 16, 1989 after a parliamentary group resolution, together with Hans Albrecht , Hermann Axen , Hans-Joachim Böhme , Johannes Chemnitzer , Friedrich Dickel , Horst Dohlus , Kurt Hager , Joachim Herrmann , Margot and Erich Honecker , Günther Kleiber , Werner Krolikowski , Ingeburg Lange , Erich Mielke , Günter Mittag , Erich Mückenberger , Alfred Neumann , Alfred Rohde , Horst Schumann , Horst Sindermann , Willi Stoph , Ernst Timm , Harry Tisch , Werner Walde and Herbert Ziegenhahn give up.


  • Lena Gürtler. The state commissioner for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for the documents of the state security service of the former GDR (ed.): Past in the mirror of justice. An exemplary documentation of the criminal law processing of GDR injustice in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Edition Temmen, Bremen 2010, ISBN 978-3-86108-979-7 .
  • Christian Jung: History of the Losers. Historical self-reflection by high-ranking members of the SED after 1989 (= Heidelberg Treatises on Middle and Modern History - New Series , Volume 16). Universitätsverlag Winter Heidelberg, Heidelberg 2007, ISBN 978-3-8253-5308-7 (Dissertation University Heidelberg 2006 under the title: From my life - poetry and truth , 387 pages).
  • Andreas Herbst , Helmut Müller-Enbergs:  Ziegner, Heinz . In: Who was who in the GDR? 5th edition. Volume 2. Ch. Links, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-86153-561-4 .

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Obituary notice. January 6, 2016, accessed April 2, 2018 .
  2. Neues Deutschland , 6./7. October 1984, p. 3
  3. Christian Koepke: When the Stasi wanted to prevent the turning point. SVZ, October 23, 2017, accessed April 2, 2018 .
  4. ^ The author Lena Gürtler ( Memento from July 31, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) and the Körber Foundation