German ex-President Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94

German ex-President Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94

Germany’s former President Richard von Weizsaecker has died at the age of 94, the president’s office has announced.

Mr Weizsaecker’s 10 years in office, from 1984 to 1994, spanned the period of German reunification.

A soldier in the German army in World War Two, Weizsaecker won widespread praise for his efforts to persuade Germans to confront their Nazi past.

A member of the Christian Democratic Union, he also served as the governing mayor of West Berlin in the 1980s.

Announcing Mr Weizsaecker’s death, current President Joachim Gauck said: “Richard von Weizsaecker stood worldwide for a Germany that had found its way to centre of the democratic family of peoples.

“He stood for a federal republic that faces up to its past.”

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31073517

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