Richard von Weizsäcker facts for kids
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|
15 April 1920|
|Died||31 January 2015
|Spouse(s)||Marianne Freifrau von Weizsäcker|
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.
From 1967 to 1984 he was a member both of the Synod and the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany. He leaded the German Evangelical Church Assembly from 1964 to 1970.
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
He retired in 1994 and lived in Berlin. He wrote books during his retirement.
Richard von Weizsäcker died in Berlin, Germany, aged 94.
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).
Images for kids
Weizsäcker, his wife Marianne and daughter Beatrice in Moscow, 1987
Weizsäcker addressing a CDU party convention in 1972
Weizsäcker delivering a speech during the act of state for the Reunification of Germany on 3 October 1990 at Berliner Philharmonie
Richard von Weizsäcker and his wife visiting Jordan in 1985
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