Gerhard Herder

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Gerhard Herder (born August 13, 1928 in Alt Bagnowen , Sensburg district , East Prussia ) is a former German diplomat . He was the ambassador of the German Democratic Republic .


Herder, son of a carpenter, attended high school and graduated from high school . He became an air force helper and was taken prisoner by the Soviets . After returning from captivity in 1949, he became a member of the FDJ and the SED . He was a full-time FDJ functionary and had been head of the International Relations Department in the Central Council of the FDJ since 1953, and from 1951 to 1953 he studied foreign policy and law at the German Academy for Political Science and Law (DASR) in Potsdam-Babelsberg . From 1956 he worked as a research assistant at the Institute for International Law at the DASR, made 1958 its state examination and received his doctorate in 1961, Dr. jur. From 1960 to 1962 Herder was a lecturer at the DASR Institute for International Law.

From 1962 he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the GDR (MfAA), until 1963 as a deputy and then until 1965 as head of the legal and contracting department and as a scientific advisor to State Secretary Otto Winzer . From 1965 to 1967 he was head of the policy department of the MfAA. From 1968 to 1972 he headed the commercial agency in the function of a legation councilor and was ambassador to Lebanon from March to November 1973 . From 1974 to 1983 he was head of the GDR delegation to the Geneva Disarmament Committee and since 1979 at the same time permanent representative to the UN and the international organizations in Geneva. Herder was ambassador to the USA from 1983 to 1990 and second accredited to Canada until 1988 .

Herder is now a pensioner and lives in Berlin .


  • The Komsomol - the vanguard of the Soviet youth . Translated from Russian by Gerhard Herder. Edited by the Central Council of the FDJ. 2nd, improved edition. New Life Publishing House, Berlin 1950.
  • (together with Werner Hänisch ): The proletarian internationalism , basic principle of the relations between the states of the socialist world system. Taking into account the formation and historical development of proletarian internationalism in the class struggle of the international proletariat . DASR, Potsdam-Babelsberg 1960 (dissertation from February 25, 1961).