Waldemar Schreckenberger

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Waldemar Schreckenberger, 2007
Waldemar Schreckenberger. Signature 1994

Waldemar Schreckenberger (born November 12, 1929 in Ludwigshafen ; † August 4, 2017 in Heidelberg ) was a German lawyer , university professor and politician ( CDU ).

Life and work

After graduating from high school, Schreckenberger studied law , history and philosophy at the universities in Mainz and Heidelberg . He passed both state exams, received his doctorate in 1959 with the thesis Legality and Morality as Doctor iuris utriusque and entered the public service a year later . In 1976 his habilitation followed with the thesis Rhetorical Semiotics at the University of Mainz.

In 1978 he was appointed full professor to the newly established chair for legal philosophy , legal policy and legislative theory at the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer . His main research interests were fundamental research in legal philosophy, in particular rhetorical semiotics as well as legislative policy and teaching. In 1998 he retired. From 2001 he worked as an independent lawyer in Heidelberg.

In addition to his university activities, Schreckenberger was Vice President of the German Section of the International Association for Legal and Social Philosophy from 1974 to 1994 . In addition, from 1978 to 1982 he was chairman of the commission to determine the financial needs of broadcasters .


Schreckberger joined the CDU in 1966. Under Prime Minister Bernhard Vogel , he was State Secretary from 1976 to 1981 as head of the State Chancellery of Rhineland-Palatinate . On June 12, 1981, as part of a reshuffle in the second Vogel cabinet, he was appointed minister and took over the management of the Ministry of Justice . After the election of Helmut Kohl as Chancellor, he moved on 4 October 1982 as State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery and was eliminated next day as ministers from the Rhineland-Palatinate state government of.

From October 4, 1982 to November 15, 1984, Schreckenberger was head of the Federal Chancellery and at the same time commissioned the federal intelligence services. As head of the Chancellery, he was "overwhelmed". After two years he was replaced by Wolfgang Schäuble . He held the function of secret service coordinator until he left the Federal Chancellery on April 30, 1989.

With Kohl, who also publicly called him “Schrecki”, he had a long-standing friendship that he had already formed during his school days.

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Waldemar Schreckenberger died in Heidelberg. In: Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung (rnz.de). August 7, 2017. Retrieved August 7, 2017 .
  2. Waldemar Schreckenberger , Internationales Biographisches Archiv 37/1989 of September 4, 1989, in the Munzinger Archive , accessed on August 8, 2017 ( beginning of the article freely accessible)
  3. a b Robert Rossmann: At the switching point of power, in: Süddeutsche Zeitung on the weekend, 15./16./17. April 2017, p. 2.
  4. http://www.justament.de/archives/8794