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(pseudonyms, K. O. Wagner, Li Te, and Hua Fu). Born Sept. 28, 1900, in the village of Ismaning, near Munich. Figure in the German and international communist movement.
Originally from an office worker’s family, Braun joined the Spartacus League in 1918. He participated in the creation of the Bavarian Soviet Republic. During the 1920’s he worked in the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Germany (CPG) and was secretary of the underground regional committee of the CPG in Thuringia. Braun was arrested three times. After escaping from the prison in Moabit in 1928, he went to the USSR. From 1932 to 1939 he was a military adviser to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. After the formation of the German Democratic Republic, he returned to his homeland. Braun is a member of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany.