German politician, theologian and university professor who was involved in the controversy with the Ministry of State Security.
He joined the Free German Youth and studied Protestant Theology at Humboldt University in Berlin from 1954 to 1960.
He was a member of the German Bundestag for the Party of Democratic Socialism from 1998 to 2001.
He came from a family of impoverished Bessarabian peasants.
He is a prominent German politician much like Gunter Nooke.