Despite the controversy and ridicule arisen in the West, this was actually a common sign of socialist solidarity, very used since Khrushchev era.
It seems, moreover, that both leaders were very keen on kissing*. Honecker had become the leader of German Socialist Party in 1971, after the fall of Walter Ulbricht in disgrace, thanks to Brezhnev support, and in 1976 had become president of the Counsel of State of the GDR, also aided by the GDR that lead the country to a so-called "consumption socialism", that resulted in an improvement of the population's standards of living.
Apart from that, relationship with its Soviet colleague were a true love story.
GDR and the needed each other, the first became the greatest ideological defender of Communism in a time when this system was more than questioned.
This one actually meant "my friend, you are alone".
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Actually, the painting is named "The Kiss of Death", and one can read under it "God, help me to survive this deadly love".
In turn, the Soviet Union guaranteed the Red Army intervention in case of a popular revolt similar to that in Prague, which was pretty probable considering the number of opponents to Honecker's regime.Finally, the GDR was interested in furthering all possibilities of German reunification, so the "détente" politics was very useful to follow.vely, one can realise that this kiss is typical of a Greek tragedy, a suffocating kiss, in which lovers get too compromised on each other, despite of knowing that there is no future in that poisoned relationship.This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by contributors (read/edit).Text is available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses., during the 30th Anniversary of the German Democratic Republic in June 1979.