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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.

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The family lived in Basel 1920-1924, in Copenhagen 1924-1926, in Oslo 1931-1933, and in Bern 1933-1936, where Richard von Weizsäcker attended the Swiss Gymnasium Kirchenfeld. … Read More


1939 19 Years Old …  Richard von Weizsäcker had two brothers, the physicist and philosopher Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker and Heinrich von Weizsäcker, who was killed in action in World War II in 1939.


1945 25 Years Old He was wounded in East Prussia in 1945 and transported home to Stuttgart. … Read More
1947 27 Years Old In 1947, when 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 father's assistant defence counsel.


1950 30 Years Old 1 More Event
He took his first legal state exam in 1950, the second in 1953, and earned his doctorate (doctor juris) in 1955.
1953 33 Years Old In 1953 he married Marianne von Kretschmann; they have four children: Robert Klaus von Weizsäcker, a Professor of Economics at the University of Munich, Andreas von Weizsäcker, an art professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Beatrice von Weizsäcker, a lawyer and journalist, and Fritz Eckart von Weizsäcker, a Professor of Medicine.
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. … Read More
1967 47 Years Old In 1967, his sister, Elisabeth married Dr. Konrad Raiser, the former General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC). … Read More


1974 54 Years Old In 1974 he has been the Presidential candidate of his party for the first time.


1981 61 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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.
1984 64 Years Old He was elected President of Germany by the Bundesversammlung (Federal Convention) in 1984, succeeding Karl Carstens.
1985 65 Years Old Weizsäcker is known for his speeches. In 1985 he gave a famous speech in the Bundestag about the 40th anniversary of the end of the war on May 8th 1945.
1989 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Because of the high esteem in which he is 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 uncontested; he was elected in such a way to a second term of office on 23 May 1989.
1993 73 Years Old …  He has received many honors in his career, including honorary membership of the Order of Saint John (Bailiwick of Brandenburg), an honorary doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in 1993 and the creation of the Richard von Weizsäcker Professorship at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University and the Robert Bosch Foundation of Stuttgart in 2003, and more than 11 other honorary doctorates, ranging from the Weizmann Institute in Israel to Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard universities, the Charles University in Prague and the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, the Leo Baeck Prize from the Central Council of Jews in Germany and the Buber-Rosenzweig Medallion from the Society for Christian-Jewish Cooperation.
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