For­mer East Ger­man De­fence Min­is­ter Heinz Kessler dies

Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

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.

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