Eva Luise Koehler

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Eva Luise Köhler (July 2009)

Eva Luise Köhler (born January 2, 1947 in Ludwigsburg as Eva Luise Bohnet ) is the wife of the former German President Horst Köhler .

Biography and family

In 1966 she passed the Abitur as Eva Bohnet in Ludwigsburg. She studied history, German and religion at the Pedagogical University in Ludwigsburg . In 1969 she passed the first service examination for teaching at elementary and secondary schools with a thesis on the beginnings of the trade union movement. On October 29, 1969, she married Horst Köhler, who also completed his studies that year and then worked as a scientific consultant in Tübingen. Eva Luise Köhler, for her part, was a teacher at special schools for learning disabled children and young people in Winnenden and Herrenberg until 1977 . She passed her second service examination in 1975. In 1976 Horst Köhler was appointed to the Federal Ministry of Economics in Bonn. The family moved there, and Eva Luise Köhler worked there from 1985 to 1989 and from 1994 to 1998 as a primary school teacher. In 1998 the company moved to London . Two years later, Eva Köhler and her husband moved to Washington , where Horst Köhler was appointed Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund .

The Köhlers have a son and a daughter. The couple is said to have a " symbiotic " relationship. In a Stern portrait, the reporter wrote: "He's the whole president just with her."

Public duties

Eva Luise and Horst Köhler on a visit to Poland in 2006

As the first woman in the state , Eva Köhler took over various patronages , including those of the mother's convalescence organization , UNICEF Germany, and the German Children and Youth Foundation from her predecessor Christina Rau . She was also involved in the Christoffel Mission for the Blind and the Alliance for Chronic Rare Diseases (ACHSE), which she took over based on her own experience with her daughter's disease ( retinopathia pigmentosa ).

"Let us not love with words or with the tongue, but with deed and with truth" is a biblical verse as a motto for their foundation work and patronage.

Eva Luise Köhler also hosted official receptions at Bellevue Palace .

Political activities

From 1972 to 1990 Eva Köhler was a member of the SPD . She became a member of Willy Brandt out of enthusiasm for Ostpolitik and was involved in local politics in Tübingen . In 1990 she left the party because she disliked the politics of Oskar Lafontaine .

Occasionally, Eva Köhler speaks out in the press on political issues, often advocating more religiosity (even as a Protestant). In 2005 she advocated religious education for children. It is "extremely important that children have religious education or an adequate counterpart". You have to convey to the children that “there is still another force” and “we cannot do everything ourselves”.



  • Eva Köhler , in: Internationales Biographisches Archiv 43/2010 from October 26, 2010, in the Munzinger archive ( beginning of article freely available)
  • Heike Specht: “Your side of the story. Germany and its First Ladies from 1949 until today ”, Piper-Verlag, Munich 2019. ISBN 978-3-492-05819-3

Web links

Commons : Eva Luise Köhler  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Franziska Reich: Koehler's shy queen ( memento of the original from October 9, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Stern No. 9 of February 24, 2005, p. 179 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.achse-online.de
  2. Inga Griese: "Children create meaning". In: welt.de. Axel Springer AG, March 2, 2005, accessed on June 1, 2010 .
  3. a b Eva Luise Köhler: Let's love with action in: Chrismon special from October 31, 2014.
  4. Pray that it will get better , comment on taz.de from March 3, 2005
  5. Monitor Polski 2005 nr 74 poz. 1031
  6. http://paksas.president.lt/ordinai/table_e.phtml?sort=country_name,450,1