Honecker made false claims about his skill in hunting, claims former cook





DICTATORS may decide the fate of their unhappy subjects but they are pretty poor at gunning down wild game.

That became plain yesterday as the personal cook of Erich Honecker spilled the beans on the way that the East German Communist leader cheated on his hunting expeditions.

Official photographs of Honecker’s catch in the 1970s and 1980s show hundreds of hares arranged in circles or a clutch of proud tyrants inspecting slaughtered stags.

In fact, says the cook, Jurgen Krause, much of the swag was shot in advance and came straight out of the deep freeze. “While Honecker and his guests were wading through the woods, most of the hares had already been caught and strung up by professional hunters. Many had not even been properly defrosted.”


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