Oct 19 2011

POTD: The Brezhnev / Honecker kiss on the Berlin Wall

by in Central & Southern Europe, Germany, Photo of the Day

Brezhnev and Honecker kissing on the Berlin Wall

This one of the more amusing panels you will see at the Berlin Wall East Side Gallery. It is a reproduction of a Berlin Wall graffiti painting titled “My God, help me to survive this deadly love” that depicts an actual kiss that took place between Soviet Leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German leader Erich Honecker in 1979:

A quick peck on the cheek was a typical greeting among communist leaders in Eastern Europe, but Honecker apparently took it to extremes, provoking the ire of General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the last communist leader of Poland. In a 2005 interview, Jaruzelski claimed that one of the most unpleasant parts of his job was kissing Honecker, due to his “disgusting way of kissing”.

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2 Responses to POTD: The Brezhnev / Honecker kiss on the Berlin Wall

  1. From Russell Galt:

    The tag on the Goggle map is in the wrong place and on the wrong side of the wall/gellery, not that it’s very important though!

    Posted on November 17, 2011 at 5:58 am #


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