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Hans Otto Bräutigam
Über den Umgang mit der deutschen Vergangenheit
Hans Otto Bräutigam was born in Völklingen on the Saar (Germany) in 1931. Having obtained a doctoral degree in law, he joined the West German diplomatic service in 1962, then the Chancellery in Bonn, and in 1982 became head of West Germany’s Permanent Mission to the GDR in East Berlin, an experience he documented in his memoir, Ständige Vertretung: Meine Jahre in Ost-Berlin (Hamburg, 2009). Appointed German ambassador to the United Nations in New York in 1989, he returned to Germany the following year to become Minister for Legal, Federal, and European Affairs in the Brandenburg state government, a position he occupied until 1999. Hans Otto Bräutigam is a member of the Einstein Forum’s Board of Trustees.