Jacques Hüber

Sven Hüber

Sven Hüber (born 1964) is a former political officer of the border troops of the German Democratic Republic and today chairman of the main personnel council of the German Federal Police.

Hüber was born in Görlitz. As a political officer, Hüber was responsible for giving the soldiers political instruction and propaganda. He worked for the Berlin regiment 33 (Treptow). His unit was responsible for the fatal shooting on February 6, 1989 of Chris Gueffroy, the last person to be shot on the inner German border. His case and the question of how to deal with moral responsibility have been widely discussed in German newspapers.

A similar case happened in March 2008, when a former East German Stasi informant ("IM Schubert") who betrayed local church officials has won a court battle to prevent an exhibition from including his name and clandestine activities. This interim injunction was later cancelled and the court battle goes on.


  • Roman Grafe: Deutsche Gerechtigkeit. Prozesse gegen DDR-Grenzschützen und ihre Befehlsgeber. München: Siedler, 2004. ISBN 3-88680-819-X
  • Regina Mönch: "Deutsche Gerechtigkeit. Die zweite Karriere des Politoffiziers". Frankurter Allgemeine Zeitung, December 5, 2006.
  • "Thierse protestiert gegen Buchverbot. SPD- und Unionspolitiker für Aufklärung der DDR-Diktatur". Süddeutsche Zeitung, December 8, 2006.
  • Joachim Güntner: "Exempel einer Wende". Neue Zürcher Zeitung, December 9, 2006.
  • "Ich kann gar nicht so viel fressen, wie ich kotzen möchte ... Ein Buchverbot, ein Gerichtstermin und ein Brief des Schriftstellers Ralph Giordano im Wortlaut". Südthüringer Zeitung, March 8, 2007.

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