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March 1, 1989
The head of East Germany's renowned Meissen porcelain company has defected to West Germany, security sources said. The mass-circulation newspapers Bild and Hamburg Abendblatt reported that Reinhard Fichte, 47, the director of the company founded in 1710, had remained in the West after attending a Frankfurt trade fair. Fichte was also a close adviser to Guenter Mittag, an economist and member of the East German Communist Party's Politburo, the Hamburg paper reported.
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March 1, 1989
The head of East Germany's renowned Meissen porcelain company has defected to West Germany, security sources said. The mass-circulation newspapers Bild and Hamburg Abendblatt reported that Reinhard Fichte, 47, the director of the company founded in 1710, had remained in the West after attending a Frankfurt trade fair. Fichte was also a close adviser to Guenter Mittag, an economist and member of the East German Communist Party's Politburo, the Hamburg paper reported.
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September 30, 1988 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
At the beginning of the 18th Century, pharmacist Johann Friedrich Boettger, reputedly also an alchemist, was instructed by Augustus the Strong, king of Poland and elector of Saxony, to convert base metals into gold. Like others before him, Boettger failed, but he discovered something in the process: how to turn this region's pale clay into fine porcelain, of such quality that it quickly became known as "white gold."
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