Wolfgang Herrmann, born in 1939, is a trained carpenter and civil engineer. He was an active member of the Free German Youth (FDJ) and the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) and worked for both organisations in various functions at district and borough level in the district of Neubrandenburg. From 1975 to 1978 he studied at the Party School of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in Moscow and graduated with a degree in social science. After the victory of the Sandinista People’s Revolution in Nicaragua in 1979, he worked as an adviser to the Sandinista Front of National Liberation (FSLN) on behalf of the SED from 1985 to 1988.
After 1990, he became self-employed as a freelance engineer. He continued his political activity in the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) and the German Communist Party (DKP), before becoming unaffiliated in 2015. He is still committed to solidarity with the FSLN and the Nicaraguan people. Wolfgang Herrmann is married and lives together with his wife in Dreesch, a small village near Prenzlau. They have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The interview was filmed on 13 July 2021.