Erich Honecker's grave in Neunkirchen? OB Fried: "Do not necessarily receive him with open arms"

Erich Honecker (1976), picture from the Federal Archives | Image: Federal Archives
Erich Honecker (1976), picture from the Federal Archives | Image: Federal Archives
Even after his death, Erich Honecker caused a stir. After Honecker's grandson has just published a book that states that Honecker and his wife are not buried in Chile, his hometown of Neunkirchen is now under discussion.

Even after his death, Erich Honecker caused a stir. After Honecker's grandson has just published a book that states that Honecker and his wife are not buried in Chile, his hometown of Neunkirchen is now under discussion.

For the author of the book, Honecker's grandson Roberto Yánez, claims that Erich Honecker wants to find his last resting place in "Germany," preferably in his Saarland birthplace Neunkirchen ". The Süddeutsche Zeitung conducted an interview with Neunkirchen's mayor in which Fried describes himself as "relatively unemotional".

In the second question, however, the remarkable sentence, quote:

"But it's not like that, I say, that we really want to bury him here with open arms."

But at the same time Fried points out that if an application for a funeral would be made, there would be no possibility of rejection, since Honecker was born in Neunkirchen.

The editor of the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" tried several times in the interview to cite tourist aspects as a "plus" for a funeral in Neunkirchen, which Fried did not want to get involved with. Rather, he countered negative aspects such as vandalism. Fried referred in the interview to his neutral stance on the matter.

Even to the editor's statement, "There is nothing bigger than famous dead people for a cemetery" Fried knew a suitable answer: This was true for the "Pére Lachaise" cemetery in France, Neunkirchen itself did not have so many famous people, except Günter Rohrbach and Stefan Kuntz. And added: Thank God both are still alive!

However, it remains to be seen whether Honecker will ever be buried in Neunkirchen. Because "Der Spiegel“Writes that the Honecker daughter Sonja is against a burial in Germany, rather she wants to hand over the ashes to the Pacific.

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