Richard von Weizsäcker
|10th President of Germany|
6th President of the Federal Republic of Germany
1 July 1984 – 30 June 1994
|Preceded by||Karl Carstens|
|Succeeded by||Roman Herzog|
|Born||15 April 1920|
|Died||31 January 2015 (aged 94)|
|Spouse(s)||Marianne Freifrau von Weizsäcker|
Backgrounds[change | change source]
He was born in Stuttgart, the son of the diplomat Ernst von Weizsäcker and brother of physicist and philosopher Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker. His grandfather Carl von Weizsäcker had been Minister President of Württemberg
As a law student he was a member of his father's defence team at the Eleventh secondary Nuremburg Trial aka the Ministries Trial. He took his first judicial state exam in 1950, the second in 1953, and in 1955 was promoted doctor juris. In 1953 he married Marianne von Kretschmann; they have four children.
Political career[change | change source]
Richard von Weizsäcker joined the CDU in 1954 and was a member of the Bundestag (German Parliament) from 1969 to 1981.
He has served on many international commissions. He was chairman of the Independent Working Group on the future of the United Nations and was one of three 'Wise Men' appointed by European Commission President Romano Prodi to consider the future of the European Union.
Retirement and death[change | change source]
He retired in 1994 and lived in Berlin. He wrote books during his retirement.
Books[change | change source]
Von Weizsäcker has written may books, including
- Von Deutschland aus
- Die deutsche Geschichte geht weiter
- Von Deutschland nach Europa
- Vier Zeiten
His autobiograghy is called From Weimar to the Wall: My Life in German Politics (1999).
References[change | change source]
- Richard von Weizsäcker. Eine Biographie. Hermann Rudolph. 2010, page 98. Berlin: Rowohlt. ISBN 978-3-87134-667-5.
- "Richard von Weizsäcker, 94, Germany's First President After Reunification, Is Dead". The New York Times.com. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
Other websites[change | change source]
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