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Germany: GDR leader Erich Honecker’s Olympic Order goes up for auction04:57

Germany: GDR leader Erich Honecker’s Olympic Order goes up for auction

Germany, Kircheim unter Teck
July 4, 2020 at 00:40 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Olympic Order awarded to former German Democratic Republic (GDR) leader Erich Honecker is going up for auction at a sale organised by German auction house Andreas Thies.

The Olympic Order, which is the highest award of the Olympic Movement given in recognition of efforts worth of merit in the cause of sport, will be auctioned among a collection of medals and awards belonging to late Honecker.

Andreas Thies called the Olympic Order "one of the highest and rarest sports awards anywhere in the world," as he was speaking from Kirchheim unter Teck, on Friday.

"They represent the olympic idea and the Olympic Games. It should not be forgotten that the GDR in the Olympic Games, although being a small state, nevertheless was always one of the most successful nations, and after the Soviet Union and the United States it occupies mostly the third place."

The Olympic Order was awarded to Honecker in 1985.

Honecker was the leader of the GDR from 1971 until 1989, when he was forced out in the weeks leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Germany: GDR leader Erich Honecker’s Olympic Order goes up for auction04:57
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The Olympic Order awarded to former German Democratic Republic (GDR) leader Erich Honecker is going up for auction at a sale organised by German auction house Andreas Thies.

The Olympic Order, which is the highest award of the Olympic Movement given in recognition of efforts worth of merit in the cause of sport, will be auctioned among a collection of medals and awards belonging to late Honecker.

Andreas Thies called the Olympic Order "one of the highest and rarest sports awards anywhere in the world," as he was speaking from Kirchheim unter Teck, on Friday.

"They represent the olympic idea and the Olympic Games. It should not be forgotten that the GDR in the Olympic Games, although being a small state, nevertheless was always one of the most successful nations, and after the Soviet Union and the United States it occupies mostly the third place."

The Olympic Order was awarded to Honecker in 1985.

Honecker was the leader of the GDR from 1971 until 1989, when he was forced out in the weeks leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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