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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Ulbricht, Walter 1893-1973. German politician who was general secretary of East Germany's Socialist Unity Party (1953-1971) and chairman of the council of state (1960-1973). He ordered the building of the Berlin Wall (1961).

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  • In a 1958 announcement on rock, General Secretary Walter Ulbricht condemned “its noise” as an “expression of impetuosity” that characterized the “anarchism of capitalist society.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • In Leipzig, one member of the “Elvis Presley Hound Dogs” shouted “Long live Walter Ulbricht and the Eastern Zone [East Germany],” to which the rest of the marchers answered “Pfui, Pfui, Pfui” [the German equivalent of booing] and chanted “Long live Elvis Presley!”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • This breathtaking maneuver would provide Walter Ulbricht, the East German leader, with the authority to truncate Berlin and stop the stampede of refugees.

    When Kennedy Blinked

  • Based on Hans Christian Andersen's story, the lightweight Soldier was a happy showcase for Megan Fairchild and Daniel Ulbricht.

    Margaret Fuhrer: Review: New York City Ballet, Beginning with Balanchine

  • Fairchild's chipper ballerina doll never teetered into silliness; Ulbricht, who as a short, crackerjack technician has always been a prisoner of doll-and-jester casting, found the tin man's heart literally and figuratively--and tossed off some impossible split jumps, of course, so that we recognized him.

    Margaret Fuhrer: Review: New York City Ballet, Beginning with Balanchine

  • The culture minister under Council of State Chairman Walter Ulbricht had been a member of the Nazi Party.

    The Lives of Nazis, the Stasi and Others

  • As for whether it works for sharpening the brain or minimizing damage from a stroke "the jury is out," says Catherine Ulbricht , co-founder of Natural Standard Research Collaboration, a Cambridge, Mass., scientist-owned group that evaluates natural therapies.

    An Energy Shot for the Brain

  • Megan Fairchild in “Winter,” Sara Mearns and Jared Angle in “Spring,” Ashley Bouder and Daniel Ulbricht in “Autumn” all make strong impressions.

    Ballet in London: A Home Company on Tour - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Ulbricht and Honecker ordered the barbed wire removed and replaced by a structure made of concrete slabs.

    TEAR DOWN THIS WALL

  • In June 1953, Walter Ulbricht, the first secretary of the ruling Socialist Unity Party, provoked riots when he declared that all workers would be required to do 10 percent more work.

    TEAR DOWN THIS WALL

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