Ernst Reuter was no shrinking violet.
In 1947, he was elected Lord Mayor of West Berlin, after he was injured in Russia's Bolshevik Revolution and taken prisoner, sent to a concentration camp by German Nazis, and exiled to Turkey for two years.
It's probably safe to say our guy didn't take any guff.
He was a loyal communist supporter, but he also was the leader of West Berlin during the Berlin blockade of 1948-49. His appeals to the city's Western allies during the blockade saved it from starvation, which was much appreciated by the population of the city.