Richard von Weizsäcker

Richard von Weizsäcker

Born Apr 15, 1920

Richard Karl Freiherr von Weizsäcker listen, known as Richard von Weizsäcker, is a German politician. He served as Governing Mayor of West Berlin from 1981 to 1984, and as President of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1984 to 1994. During his period in office German unity was accomplished through the incorporation of the territory of the former German Democratic Republic into the Federal Republic of Germany, and he thus became the first president of the reunited Germany.… Read More

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1920 Birth Richard von Weizsäcker was born on 15 April 1920 in the New Castle in Stuttgart, the son of diplomat Ernst von Weizsäcker, a member of the noted Weizsäcker family, and his wife Marianne (née von Graevenitz). … Read More


1937 17 Years Old …  He spent the winter semester of 1937/38 at the University of Grenoble in France to improve his French.
1938 18 Years Old He was mustered for the army there in 1938 and moved back to Germany the same year to start his Reichsarbeitsdienst. … Read More


1943 23 Years Old Weizsäcker himself helped his friend Axel von dem Bussche in an attempt to kill Hitler at a uniform inspection in December 1943, providing Bussche with travel papers to Berlin. … Read More
1944 24 Years Old Upon meeting Bussche in June 1944, Weizsäcker was also informed of the imminent plans for 20 July, and assured him of his support, but the plan ultimately failed. … Read More
1945 25 Years Old He was wounded in East Prussia in 1945 and was transported home to Stuttgart, to see out the end of the war on a family farm at Lake Constance.
1947 27 Years Old At the end of the war Weizsäcker continued his study of history in Göttingen and went on to study law, but he also attended lectures in physics and theology. In 1947, when his father Ernst von Weizsäcker was a defendant in the Ministries Trial for his role in the deportation of Jews from occupied France, Richard von Weizsäcker served as his assistant defence counsel.


1950 30 Years Old 1 More Event
He took his first legal Staatsexamen in 1950, his second in 1953, and finally earned his doctorate (doctor juris) in 1955.
1953 33 Years Old In 1953 he married Marianne von Kretschmann.
1954 34 Years Old Weizsäcker, who had joined the CDU in 1954, was known for often publicly voicing political views different from his own party line, both in and out of the presidential office. … Read More
1958 38 Years Old From 1958 to 1962, he was head of the Waldthausen Bank, a bank owned by relatives of his wife.


1962 42 Years Old From 1962 to 1966, he served on the board of directors of Boehringer Ingelheim, a pharmaceutical company.
1964 44 Years Old Between 1964 and 1970, Weizsäcker served as President of the German Evangelical Church Assembly.
1967 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1967, Elisabeth married Konrad Raiser, the former Secretary General of the World Council of Churches.
1969 49 Years Old However, he became a member of the Bundestag (Federal Diet) at the 1969 federal elections, serving until 1981.


1971 51 Years Old …  However, their relationship took a first strain in 1971, when Weizsäcker supported Rainer Barzel over Kohl for the CDU-chairmanship.
1974 54 Years Old In 1974 Weizsäcker was the Presidential candidate of his party for the first time, but he lost to Walter Scheel of the FDP, who was supported by the ruling center-left coalition.
1976 56 Years Old Ahead of the 1976 elections, CDU chairman Helmut Kohl included him in his shadow cabinet for the party’s campaign to unseat incumbent Helmut Schmidt as chancellor.
1979 59 Years Old Between 1979 and 1981, Weizsäcker served as Vice President of the Bundestag.


…  He continued to hold a mandate as member of the Bundestag until he became Governing Mayor of West Berlin, following the 1981 state elections.
1983 63 Years Old 1 More Event
After Helmut Kohl had won the federal election in 1983 and had formed a government with the Free Democrats, Weizsäcker did the same in West Berlin.
In 1984, von Weizsäcker was elected as President of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Weizsäcker, who was known as a great speaker, delivered his most famous speech in 1985, marking the 40th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe on 8 May 1945. … Read More
1986 - 1987 2 More Events
1989 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Because of the high esteem in which he was held by Germany's political establishment and in the population, Weizsäcker is so far the only candidate to have stood for elections for the office of President unopposed; he was elected in that way to a second term of office on 23 May 1989.
1990 70 Years Old 1 More Event
During his presidency, German reunification was accomplished through the incorporation of the territory of the former German Democratic Republic into the Federal Republic of Germany on 3 October 1990. … Read More
1992 - 2014 7 More Events
2015 95 Years Old 1 More Event
He was honored with a state funeral on 11 February 2015 at Berlin Cathedral. … Read More
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