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.”

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  • 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!”

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

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

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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

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


  • 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.



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