Gottfried Müller (politician)

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Gottfried Müller, 2017

Gottfried Bertold Paul Adolf Müller (born August 16, 1934 in Schweina ) is a German theologian and former politician ( CDU ). He was Minister for Media Policy of the GDR in the cabinet of Lothar de Maizière and later President of the Landtag in Thuringia .


After graduating from high school, Gottfried Müller studied Protestant theology at the Karl Marx University in Leipzig and the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena from 1953 to 1960 . In 1964 he received his doctorate in theology . From 1960 to 1972 he was pastor in various parishes of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thuringia . In 1972 he joined the GDR CDU and became head of the Altenburg Bible Institute . From 1981 to 1990 he was editor-in-chief of the Thuringian church newspaper Glaube und Heimat and from 1987 to April 1990 head of the Wartburg publishing house in Jena.

Gottfried Müller was the initiator and main author for the so-called letter from Weimar (together with the three other signatories Christine Lieberknecht , Martin Kirchner and the GDR lawyer Martina Huhn from Bad Lausick), which urged the democratic renewal of the GDR CDU and thus also made the Peaceful Revolution in the GDR possible. From December 1989 to October 1990 he was deputy chairman of the GDR CDU and from April to October 1990 Minister for Media Policy in the GDR.

From October 1990 to October 1994 he was President of the Thuringian State Parliament and until his retirement in 1999 President of the Church and Monastery Chamber in Erfurt .

Works (selection)

The German National Library lists more than 50 publications on this Gottfried Müller, of which he is the author or in which he has contributed. These include, for example:

  • The fire is burning. Report on Dr. Martin Luther , Berlin 1963
  • The rose miracle. Pictures and legends from Thuringia , Berlin 1967
  • The Trumpet Angel , Berlin 1968
  • The church mouse , Berlin 1988


Individual evidence

  2. Erhard Neubert: The letter from Weimar. On the self-liberation of the CDU in autumn 1989 (pdf)
  3. Manfred Agethen: Unrest potentials and reform efforts at the base of the Eastern CDU in the run-up to the turnaround. The "Letter from Weimar" and the "Letter from Neuenhagen" (pdf)
  4. Ekkehard Schulreich: Advertisement for election fraud: The courageous lawyer from Bad Lausick. Leipziger Volkszeitung, Muldental edition, p. 31, February 4, 2015 (full-page newspaper article)
  5. GND 131453033

Web links

Commons : Gottfried Müller  - Collection of Images