Horst Sölle

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Sölle (right) receives Otto Graf Lambsdorff for a conversation (1982)

Horst Sölle (born June 3, 1924 in Leipzig ; † October 6, 2016 in Zeuthen ) was Minister for Foreign Trade of the GDR and a member of the Central Committee of the SED .


The son of a wheelwright completed an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk after attending secondary school from 1940 to 1942. Drafted into the Wehrmacht for military service in 1942 , he was taken as a sergeant as a Soviet prisoner of war in 1944 , from which he was released in August 1945.

After returning to Germany, he joined the SPD / SED in 1945/46 . From 1946 to 1947 he studied at the pre-study institute of the University of Leipzig . He then took up a degree in economics at the University of Leipzig, which he completed in 1950. After that he was an instructor in the Ministry of Transport until 1952. From 1952 to 1962 he was an instructor, sector head foreign trade and department head for trade, supply and foreign trade of the Central Committee of the SED . From January 1, 1963 to March 25, 1965 he was State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Trade and German Internal Trade . From 1963 to 1976 he was a candidate for the Central Committee of the SED and from 1976 to 1989 a member of the Central Committee of the SED.

Grave at the Grünau forest cemetery

From March 25, 1965 to May 8, 1986 he held the function of Minister for Foreign Trade of the GDR (1965–1967 Minister for Foreign Trade and Internal German Trade, 1967–1973 Minister for Foreign Trade, from 1973 Minister for Foreign Trade). On May 8, 1986 he was appointed deputy chairman of the GDR Council of Ministers . He held this position until November 7, 1989. From November 1988 to 1989 Sölle was the permanent representative of the GDR in the Comecon .

In 1974 Sölle received the Patriotic Order of Merit (VVO) in gold, in 1984 the VVO in gold and in 1989 the Karl Marx Order .

Sölle last lived in Zeuthen and died at the age of 92. He was buried in the Grünau forest cemetery.


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Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Obituary notice in: Neues Deutschland , October 22, 2016, p. 6.