Harry Tisch, 68, a communist labor leader who became the first East German Politburo member put on trial after the Berlin Wall's fall, died of cancer Sunday. He led the 9-million-member East German labor federation for 14 years. He was arrested on corruption charges in December 1989 and convicted of spending $54,000 in union funds on private uses. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison in June 1991.
Charles Bennett, 95, a screenwriter whose collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock breathed suspense into classics such as "The 39 Steps" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much," died Thursday in Los Angeles. He recently was awarded the Screen Laurel award for lifetime achievement from the Writers Guild of America.