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Alfred Kurella

Alfred Kurella

German politician
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German politician
A.K.A. Альфред Курелла
Countries German Democratic Republic
Occupations Politician Journalist Author Translator Writer Resistance fighter
Gender male
Birth 2 May 1895 (Brzeg)
Death 12 June 1975 (East Berlin)
Star sign Taurus
Politics Socialist Unity Party of Germany, Communist Party of Germany, Communist Party of the Soviet Union
The details

Alfred Kurella (May 2, 1895 – June 12, 1975) was a German author and functionary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) in East Germany.

Biographical details

Kurella was born in Brieg, Silesia. In 1918, he became a member of the German Communist Party, met Lenin in 1919 and became a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Kurella began living in Moscow in spring 1934 and began writing for the Deutsche Zentral Zeitung in 1935. In 1937, Kurella became Soviet citizen and in 1943 was involved in the activity of the antinazi Committee for Free Germany. His brother, Heinrich Kurella, also in exile in the Soviet Union, was arrested by the NKVD during the Great Purge and was executed. In 1954, Kurella returned to East Germany and became a member of the ideological committee of the ruling Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED).

His ashes were interred in the Memorial of the Socialists in the Friedrichsfelde Central Cemetery in Berlin-Lichtenberg.

Awards and decorations

  • Order of Karl Marx (1961)
  • National Prize of the German Democratic Republic (1969)
  • Cultural Award of the Free German Trade Union Federation and Free German Youth (1970)
  • Honour Clasp to the Patriotic Order of Merit
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