Wolf Biermann and Robert Havemann, the most important GDR dissidents,
had been friends since 1963/64. Both were humanistic Marxists and
resolute critics of the repressive SED regime. This picture from 1972
shows the two in Biermann’s apartment, where Havemann gave an interview
to the Stockholm newspaper Expressen.
Later, after Havemann protested Biermann’s expatriation in November
1976, he spent more than two years under house-arrest. Shortly before
Havemann’s death in 1982, Biermann was given permission by the SED
regime to visit his gravely ill friend.