After training as a plumber cracking graduated from high school. In 1951, he joined the SED. He studied from 1952 at the University of Rostock economics and was on the Warnow shipyard in Warnemünde worked as a general assistant. In 1963 he became chairman of the District Economic Council in the district of Rostock. From 1965 to 1974 he belonged to the Council of Ministers of the GDR as Minister of district -led and food industry. From 1974 to 1990 he was mayor of Berlin, capital of the GDR. He was a member of the People's Chamber and a member of the Central Committee of the SED. As mayor he campaigned against deforestation renovations and reached that some quarters, particularly in Berlin -Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg rehabilitated instead were demolished. Also, the reconstruction of the Gendarmenmarkt, Friedrichstrasse and the Nikolai district, he has encouraged and enforced.
The turning point
In the local elections in the GDR on 7 May 1989 cracking was involved as Chairman of the Electoral Commission in East Berlin actively in the manipulation of this election in favor of the Unity List, under the leadership of the SED. In October 1989, began on the square in front of the Red Town Hall with the participation of thousands of citizens the Sunday talks about wishes for reform and democratization, which turned out to cracking. Later he took part in the Berlin Roundtable. At the opening of the Brandenburg Gate, he met with the then mayor of West Berlin, Walter Momper, and the then Chancellor Helmut Kohl together.
On 12 February 1990 cracking announced his resignation and thus took over the responsibility for the forgery of the East Berlin municipal elections of 1989. In 1993, he was sentenced in consideration of his confession to a prison sentence of ten months, which was suspended. As his successor, the city council had chosen Christian Hartenhauer on 27 February 1990, who assumed the office of Mayor on a transitional basis until May 1990, the first free elections.
Erhard Krack found on a Pankow Cemetery the final resting.