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The GDR chose Ernst Thälmann as its first hero. The state leadership instrumentalised and idealised Thälmann into a cult figure.
Ernst Thälmann was born in Hamburg on 16 April 1886. He grew up in modest circumstances.
A few weeks after the founding of the German Democratic Republic, the first competition for the creation of a monument to Ernst Thälmann in Berlin was announced.
After 1989, a public debate began about the name of the residential area and dealing with the Ernst Thälmann Monument.
The park, the residential buildings, and the central Ernst Thälmann monument were aspects of a project with symbolic value for the leadership of the Socialist Unity Party (SED).
Ernst Thälmann Park was built on the site of an inoperative gasworks. From 1873, here a municipal gasworks produced gas.
Historical Critical Commentary on the Ernst Thälmann Monument (Work) in progress…
As early as 1986, Betina Kuntzsch would have had some alternatives for the monument: heroes or heroines with a human face – Rosa Luxemburg in a huge flower garden or Sigmund Jähn, the first German in space.
Ernst Thälmann had moved the masses during the Weimar Republic. He failed to bring about the “victory of communism”.
When the decision to build Ernst Thälmann Park was made in 1981, things were starting to simmer in the capital of the GDR. Resistance developed against the planned demolition of the former gasworks.