Lothar de Maiziere / politician, CDU, Germany
Lothar de Maiziere, born on March 2nd, 1940 in Nordhausen (Thuringia), is the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the GDR. Due to health problems, he was unable to continue his career as a musician and studied law at the Humboldt University in East Berlin in the 1970s. In 1975 he was admitted to the bar.
During the upheaval in the GDR, he became chairman of the CDU (GDR) in 1989 and Minister of Church Affairs in the Modrow government. After the first free elections to the People’s Chamber, he was elected as the last prime minister of the GDR on April 12, 1990. His government’s goal is reunification with the Federal Republic, which will take place on October 3, 1990. In the Kohl government he became minister for special tasks. After public accusations that he had worked for the Ministry of State Security (“IM Czerni), he resigned as minister in December 1990. In 1991 he also resigned from the Bundestag and resigned as deputy chairman of the CDU.