Roman Herzog

former President of the Federal Republic of Germany (1934-2017)

Roman Herzog (5 April 1934 – 10 January 2017) was a German politician (CDU). He was President of Germany from 1994 to 1999.

Roman Herzog
President of Germany
In office
1 July 1994 – 30 June 1999
ChancellorHelmut Kohl
Gerhard Schröder
Preceded byRichard von Weizsäcker
Succeeded byJohannes Rau
President of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany
In office
16 November 1987 – 30 June 1994
Preceded byWolfgang Zeidler
Succeeded byJutta Limbach
Personal details
Born(1934-04-05)5 April 1934
Landshut, Germany
Died10 January 2017(2017-01-10) (aged 82)
Bad Mergentheim, Germany
Political partyCDU
Christiane Krauß (m. 1959–2000)
(her death)
Alexandra Freifrau von Berlichingen (m. 2001–2017)
(his death)

Early life change

He studied law in Munich, Bavaria and took the first stage law exam in 1957. In 1958, he gained the title Dr.jur. (doctor of laws) and worked in the University of Munich until 1964, where he passed his second law exam. He wrote Die Wesensmerkmale der Staatsorganisation in rechtlicher und entwicklungsgeschichtlicher Sicht ("Characteristics of State Organization from a Juristic and Developmental-Historical Viewpoint"), and was given the title of professor in 1964.

In Germany "professor" is a title meaning senior teacher, not a job name. Herzog taught at the University of Munich until 1966. From 1966 he taught state law and political science as a full professor at the Free University of Berlin (FUB). In 1969 he moved to the FUB in Speyer, and was the University President from 1971 to 1972.

Political career change

In 1973 he entered politics, and became a member of the Bundesrat for Rhineland-Palatinate. He was minister for culture and sports in the Baden-Württemberg Land Government from 1978. In 1980 he was elected to the State Parliament (Landtag), and took over the state Ministry of the Interior.

Herzog was also always active in the Protestant Church. Since 1982 he had been a member of the synod (parliament) of the Protestant Church of Germany. He had been a member of the Evangelical Church in Germany since 1972.[1]

In 1983 he became vice president of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany in Karlsruhe, and president over from 1987 to 1994, when he was elected President of Germany by the Bundesversammlung (Federal Convention). His term ended in 1999, when he was succeeded by Johannes Rau.

Personal life change

His wife, Christiane Herzog, died on 19 June 2000. He later married Alexandra Freifrau von Berlichingen in 2001.

Herzog died at 82 years old on 10 January 2017 in Jagsthausen, Germany.[2]

References change

  1. Roman Herzog – Die Biographie, Werner Filmer, Heribert Schwan, 1996, Goldmann
  2. The New York Timesbiuro nieruchomości(in Polish)

Other websites change

  Media related to Roman Herzog at Wikimedia Commons

  • "Roman Herzog (1994–1999)" (in German). Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 25 May 2010.