William Zaisser

William Zaisser (* 20. June 1893 in rotting living with gel churches; † 3. March 1958 in Berlin) was functionary in the KPD and the CPSU, Spanienkämpfer and Minister for public security in the GDR.


from 1913 to 1919 carried outWilliam Zaisser its military service and was career officer, in the meantime and afterwards was active he also as a people school teacher in meals. 1919 it occurred the KPD and was during the cut Putsches one the military director/conductor of the red Ruhr army in such a way specified. 1921 it became after fourMonths from the school service dismisses prison.1921 and 1922 he worked as a newspaper editor.

1923 to 1926 it was member of the KPD semidirect line Ruhr district and/or. Upper semidirect line west. From March to June 1924 it participated in a training course in the politico-military school of the Komintern (AI) in Moscow.Since 1926 it was responsible as coworkers of the central committee of the KPD for the politico-military training. 1927 he became coworker of the AI in Moscow and was from 1927 to 1930 military advisers of the Kuomintang in Manchuria.

1932 became Zaisser member of the CPSU (B) off andthat year until 1936 it led the politico-military school in Babowka with Moscow. From 1936 to 1938 it participated in the Spanish civil war first as politico-military advisors, starting from November 1936 as a commander of the XIII. International brigade. 1937 it kommandierte the basis of the international brigadesin Albacete. Its pseudonym in Spain was a “general Gomez”.

1938 and 1939 he was coworker of the executive committee of the AI (EKKI) in Moscow. 1939 to 1943 he worked as an editor-in-chief of the German section in the publishing house for fremdsprachige literature in Moscow. 1943 becameit teachers at Antifa - schools and/or. Director/conductor of the German sector for anti-fascist training of the prisoners of war. There it remained until 1946.

In February 1947 it returned to Germany and was until 1948 boss of the Land authority of the police Saxonia-Anhalt in resounds.

In the years 1948 and 1949 he was Minister of the Interior of the country Saxonia and led from 1949 to 1950 the administration for training of the DVdI and the head office training of the Ministry of the inside.

1949 to 1954 he became a delegate (provisional ones) of the people chamber.

Starting from February 1950 was it Minister for public security and member of the central committee of the SED and the Politbüros.

In July 1953 it was excluded because of “party-hostile parliamentary groupal activity” in connection with the June rebellion from the Politbüro and the central committee of the SED and set off as a Minister.

In January 1954 that followedParty exclusion. Up to to its death it was active as translators. With its death at the 3. March 1958 did not give it an official reaction on the part of the party.

The Party of Democratic Socialism rehabilitated William Zaisser to 25. April 1993.


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