Joerg Schoenbohm, former Berlin Interior Senator and former Minister of Interior of Brandenburg, is dead. The longtime CDU politician died in the night of Friday at the age of 81 years. This was announced by the Brandenburg CDU.
"With great dismay the sad news of the death of our honorary chairman, Jörg Schönbohm, has reached us," it says in the message. "His services as a federal general for German unity and as a politician for the state of Brandenburg make him one of the great Germans of post-war history." Brandenburg Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) praised Schönbohm
as a "great patriot in the best sense". He had "great merit
acquired for German unity "and" as Brandenburg Minister of the Interior
reliable government policy is responsible. "Schönbohm
"never shied away from making uncomfortable ways".
Minister of the Interior Karl-Heinz Schröter (SPD) announced that Schönbohm was in "Prussian sense for
Reliability, duty fulfillment and discipline "stood by him
In his term as Minister of the Interior, right-wing extremism in
Significantly weakening Brandenburg. CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer praised Schönbohm as an "impressive and controversial personality".
Schönbohm was born in 1937 in Neu Golm in Brandenburg. He graduated from high school in Kassel and then went through the officer training in the artillery of the armed forces, Later he completed the general staff training. In 1973 he went to NATO headquarters in the Netherlands as a General Staff officer.
As Commander of the East German Armed Forces Command in Strausberg, Brandenburg, Schönbohm was responsible for the dissolution of the 90,000-strong National People's Army (NVA) of the GDR after German reunification. The integration of 3,000 former NVA officers into the Bundeswehr also fell within his remit.
1991 Schönbohm was appointed army inspector of the Bundeswehr. In 1992 he joined the Federal Ministry of Defense as a state secretary under Gerhard Stoltenberg. Only in 1994 he joined the CDU at. In 1996 he became Interior Senator in Berlin and was politically responsible for the deportation of 74 Bosnian refugees in July 1998 and the evacuation of several occupied houses.
In November 1998, Schönbohm resigned his office as interior senator to run successfully for the chairmanship of the Brandenburg CDU state association. He served as country chairman from 1999 to 2007. In a grand coalition of the SPD and the CDU, Schönbohm became the Brandenburg Minister of Interior and Deputy Prime Minister in 1999. After a second term, he retired in November 2009 from the state policy.
Schoenbohm was regarded as a conservative CDU politician and champion of one
so-called German Leitkultur. From 1998 to 2007 he was
Party chairman of the Brandenburg CDU. In reference to
unbridgeable differences with him had the then
Social Affairs Minister Regine Hildebrandt (SPD) left the state government.