Kurt Wünsche

Kurt Wünsche (born 14 December 1929) is a former German politician who was twice Minister of Justice of the German Democratic Republic.

Kurt Wünsche
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Kurt Wünsche (front row, fifth from left) during the memorial service for the Langenweddingen level crossing disaster in 1967
Born (1929-12-14) 14 December 1929 (age 92)
Political partyLDPD

Wünsche grew up and received his schooling in Dresden.[1] In 1946, he became a member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Germany (LDPD), and was until 1951 an official of the LDPD local district association (Kreisverbandes) in Dresden and the state association (Landesverbandes) of Saxony. From 1951 to 1954 he was the head of the LDPD department organising the party's central executive. After the events of the 17th of June 1953, he was suspected as a foreign agent and temporarily detained by the Stasi. After 1954, he was a member of the LDPD Political Committee, and a Secretary and Deputy Secretary General, while in 1967 he was made deputy chairman of the LDPD.

Between 1954 and 1959, he completed a correspondence PhD in Law from the Walter Ulbricht Academy of Law and Political Science in collaboration with Manfred Gerlach; his thesis was entitled "Function and development of the Liberal Democratic Party of Germany in the multi-party system of the German Democratic Republic".

From 1954 to 1972, he was a LDPD deputy to the Volkskammer, first as a member of the Youth Committee, then of the Judiciary Committee, and finally of the Legal Committee. In 1965, he became one of the nine Deputy Chairmen of the Council of Ministers. In 1967, he succeeded Hilde Benjamin as Minister of Justice, a position he held until 1972.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Wünsche was again made Minister of Justice in the governments of Hans Modrow and Lothar de Maizière.[2]


  1. ^ Helmut Müller-Enbergs; Ralf Schenk. "Wünsche, Kurt * 14.12.1929 LDPD-Funktionär, Minister der Justiz". Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur: Biographische Datenbanken. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Gehorsamer Diener: Nach nur fünfmonatiger Amtszeit stolpert der umstrittene DDR-Justizminister Wünsche über seine stalinistische Vergangenheit". Der Spiegel (online). 11 June 1990. Retrieved 7 December 2014.