Former East German Defence Minister Heinz Kessler dies
Heinz Kessler, a former East German defence minister who was later convicted of incitement to manslaughter for upholding the shoot-to-kill policy at the communist country’s border, has died. He was 97.
The Eulenspiegel Verlag publishing house, which published his book “Without the Wall, There Would Have Been War,’’ said Thursday that Kessler died in Berlin on May 2.
Kessler was defence minister from 1985 until November 1989 and became a member of the communist party’s politburo in 1986. His promotion to minister and general followed a long career in the senior ranks of the military and as a deputy defence minister.