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Willi Bredel
German politician

Willi Bredel

Willi Bredel
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Intro German politician
Was Politician Writer Journalist
From Germany
Field Journalism Literature Politics
Gender male
Birth 2 May 1901, Hamburg
Death 27 October 1964, East Berlin (aged 63 years)
Star sign Taurus
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Willi Bredel (2 May 1901 – 27 October 1964) was a German writer and president of the DDR Academy of Arts, Berlin. Born in Hamburg, he was a pioneer of socialist realist literature.


Soon after the Nazis seized power in 1933, Bredel was imprisoned at Fuhlsbüttel concentration camp. He was released in spring 1934. Fleeing from Nazi Germany, he went to Czechoslovakia and then Moscow, where he lived at the Hotel Lux. He published Die Prüfung (1934), a novel describing the Nazi concentration camp, which was reprinted several times and translated into other languages. He also published accounts of his experiences in the Deutsche Zentral Zeitung, a German-language newspaper published in Moscow.

Bredel took part in the Spanish Civil War as commissar of the Thälmann Battalion as well as the Second World War, in which he fought on the Soviet side.

His propaganda material, along with those of Walter Ulbricht and Erich Weinert was used in an attempt to lure the 6th Army into surrendering at the Battle of Stalingrad.

After the war, he returned to Germany as part of the Sobottka Group, sent to lay the groundwork for the Soviet occupation of Mecklenburg. He later lived in East Germany and died in Berlin.

Awards and decorations

  • 1955 Patriotic Order of Merit in silver
  • 1956 Hans Beimler Medal
  • 1960 Banner of Labor
  • 1961 Patriotic Order of Merit in gold
  • 1964 Burial at the Memorial of the Socialists (Friedrichsfelde Central Cemetery)

Selected works

  • Die Prüfung
  • The Death of General Moreau and other stories
  • Verwandte und Bekannte Trilogy

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