A year after he was ousted from power, East Germany's former Stalinist leader Erich Honecker is unrepentant and convinced communism is not yet dead.
"I am determined to take the battle further. I will fight on," he said in his first interview since being toppled as party chief and head of state on Oct. 18 last year."In the end I will be seen to have been right," he told an old West German communist comrade, Heinz Junge.
The London-based weekly The European published the interview in its latest edition Friday, but copies were available ahead of publication.
"This glimpse into the way (Honecker) thinks is an informative and startling mixture of self-congratulation, ignorance and delusions of grandeur," said Neues Deutschland, the communist daily that was for years Honecker's mouthpiece.
Honecker, 78, lives under guard in the grounds of a Soviet military hospital at Beelitz south of Berlin. He receives a monthly pension of $340.
He faces charges including corruption and murder because 200 people died trying to escape to the West across the fearsome fortified border he erected.
Honecker denied he and his wife, Margot, education minister under the old order, were guilty of anything.
"They need scapegoats and I am being made the biggest one," he said during the interview in his tiny three-room flat.
"I am not afraid of a show trial. I consider all the charges to be untenable."
He specifically rejected responsibility for deaths at the Berlin Wall.