First Secretary of the SED (Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands – Socialist Unity Party) district committee. With the impending dissolution of the GDR, he relinquished the honour on December 13th 1989.
Wismar's mayor from 1957 to 1969, he received the honour on his retirement.
For his part in the negotiations that culminated in the permanent return of Wismar to the Duchy of Mecklenburg in the same year (it had been a Swedish possession since 1632).
On the occasion of his 80th birthday.
In honour of his part in the founding of charitable foundations for Wismar.
(ancestor of Prof. Gottlob Frege, the father of modern logic)
Awarded honorary citizenship for his dedication in realizing the extension of the rail network to Wismar.