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Joachim Gauck
Joachim Gauck (Photo: Bundespräsidialamt)

Joachim Gauck (President of the Federal Republic of Germany)

Joachim Gauck was born in Rostock, Germany, in 1940. He studied theology and from 1965 to 1990 he was in the service of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mecklenburg, working as a pastor for many years. He was among the initiators of the church and popular resistance to the communist regime in the GDR and led the weekly prayers for peace which gave rise to the protest demonstrations. In 1990, Joachim Gauck was elected chairman of the special committee overseeing the dissolution of the Ministry of State Security. From 1991 to 2000 he was the Federal Commissioner for the Files of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic.From 2001 to 2004, he was the German member of the Management Board of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia in Vienna. In 2003, he became the Chairman of the Association “Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie” (Against Oblivion – For Democracy). In March 2012, he became the eleventh President of the Federal Republic of Germany.