Ludwig Biewer

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Ludwig Biewer (born July 8, 1949 in Bornheim , Alzey district ) is a German archivist , heraldist and historian . From 2003 until his retirement in the summer of 2014, he was head of the Political Archives of the Federal Foreign Office .

Life and accomplishments

Biewer was born the son of a carpenter. After graduating from an Alzeyer grammar school in 1968 , Biewer studied history and German at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the Karl Franzens University Graz from 1968 to 1977 . The state exam in 1974, followed in 1977 promotion to Dr. phil. at the University of Mainz with a thesis on imperial reform efforts in the Weimar Republic . After completing his traineeship at the archive school in Marburg (1977–79), Biewer initially worked at the Secret State Archive of Prussian Cultural Heritage in Berlin. In 1987 he moved to the Political Archives of the Foreign Office, of which he had been head since 2003, and since 2007 as a lecturer in the first class of Legation . From the marriage in 1980 there was a son and a daughter.

From 1989 to 2014 he was a part-time lecturer at the Federal Foreign Office's training and further education center, and from 1994 to 2000 he was also a lecturer in heraldry at the University of Bonn ; since 2002 he has held the same teaching position at the Free University of Berlin . One of Biewer's fields of work is the history of Pomerania . From 1993 to 2017 he was honorary chairman of the Society for Pomeranian History, Archeology and Art ; In 2018 he was made an honorary member. He is also a member of several historical commissions for East German history, namely the Historical Commission for Pomerania , the Historical Commission for East and West Prussian State Research and the Prussian Historical Commission . Biewer is also a member of the Herolds Committee for the German coat of arms . In 2003 the Federal Minister of the Interior appointed him to the German-Russian Commission of Historians .

Club work

During his studies he became a member of the VDSt Königsberg-Mainz in 1969 and of the VDSt Graz in 1971. He is an extraordinary old man of the VDSt Berlin-Charlottenburg . In 1997 he became old man of the VDSt Marburg, where he was chairman of the old gentlemen's association from 1991 to 1997. From 1975 to 1979 he was a member of the board of the old gentlemen's association of the VDSt Königsberg-Mainz. In the VVDSt 1971/72 he was the local chairman of the active groups and from 1978 to 1982 he was an old gentleman. In 1974 he became an association archivist. He published on student history .


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  1. Entry on the website of the Estonian Presidential Office .