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Funeral in Berlin : Woidke: Brandenburg mourns the loss of one of his best men

What a face! Outlined in black, but for the time being. The distinctive left eyebrow pulled up slightly, the right corner of the mouth, also: symmetry of the ir

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Funeral in Berlin : Woidke: Brandenburg mourns the loss of one of his best men

What a face! Outlined in black, but for the time being. The distinctive left eyebrow pulled up slightly, the right corner of the mouth, also: symmetry of the irony. Jörg Schönbohm, the way he lives and lived. From his spot, he followed the funeral service in the Berlin Cathedral, where he felt at home. Schönbohm, in the Mark of Brandenburg, living, belonged to this congregation, as their pastor, Thomas Müller says. He had a home here, you could hear Miller's voice; here at this majestic place, shiny gold, has Jörg with his Eveline on December 31. December 2009, celebrated their 50 years of the deepest bond. This year, their love for diamonds.

love! Wolfgang Huber begins his Eulogy. In the process, the old Bishop of Berlin and Brandenburg, and formerly of the pioneering Protestant for the whole country so often arguing with Schönbohm. But because of that, wants to Huber Prussia, the other side of the Double – birth and spirit – to light up: that of him, Schönbohm, the love was real. And on all of the wreaths to the left and to the right of the coffin sign is in addition to the high order and honor, but also always "In love" engraved on it.

"Here is dressing the General."

The coffin, which stands proudly in the middle, encased by the Federal service flag. How fitting: a man rests after the service for the people and the Fatherland. "Brandenburg mourns the loss of one of his best men," says Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke, who is himself a descendant of a "long guy", as the Prussian guard soldiers, "His Royal Majesty". A man, a guy, this Schönbohm? Not in mere hardness, the lives that word. The Beautiful fond as he was, in art and music and literature, a lover of Theodor Fontane, one of the Italian landscapes. This is a probably a more than a caring family, a husband and father, which the son of Hendrik, a country doctor, cautious in tone, the Pathos lacking in light air, touching the brittleness testimony. Yes, and then the husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa, the beloved must have lived in Frederick's virtue of tolerance.

And modesty. When the father asked once at home, the kitchen cleaned, and the son of Hendrik him what he was doing there, replied the daddy, as his manner was, ironic and dry: "Here dressing the General."

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in The best sense of the Soldier's Jörg Schönbohm has never left, he was a Prime example of a citizen in Uniform. His superiors in the army would have been able to sing a song about it. This spirit of contradiction! In politics, it was no different. Phrases were being, white, Wolfgang Schäuble, to reports, the President of the Bundestag, today, but above all, the friend for many years.

In the consciousness of the culture, values and history of the Nation acting

schäuble's words to the Conservative, Schönbohm time of his life, constitutively. As formulated Schäuble, whose political legacy: never to be deutschtümelnd, but to act in the consciousness of the culture, the values and the history of the Nation, with self-respect, and self-aware. And so: "humility in the commitment to God to him the indispensable condition of moral life."

Schönbohms amazing, unique career can be explained. Always forward, on solid ground: a military career up to the Three-star General and head of the Western Bundeswehr, then after 1990, the "commander-in-chief of the East," about three armed forces – what it so after the war, they've never been – to the Integration of former NVA soldiers, then inspector of the army, state Secretary for international security policy and defense, the interior Senator of Berlin, interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Brandenburg. Only a real party, he was a soldier in spite of his high and highest Offices of the CDU never. Also because his nickname "the General". As said Schäuble: "attracted foreign was to him entirely." Schäuble liked the always, Helmut Kohl, the Chancellor of the unit, less. The Schönbohm was not to Like. Who knows what would have become of him otherwise.

wounds, there were also

But what he was: a lot of attention. Woidke does not remember that you are arguing with him is only good, but also "heart arrest" was able to laugh. A large coalition has done in this judgment: Strong in charm, blow, decent, fair, with respect for the political opponent. He slaughtered people and positions. He wanted to and was able to overcome trenches. All that sitting modestly in the Church around the once in Berlin and Brandenburg Rulers Eberhard Diepgen and Matthias Platzeck, can confirm. And Kramp-Karrenbauer, Annegret the CDU Federal Chairman, was formerly Minister of the interior in the Saarland. You all know him.

the wounds were well, old Bishop Huber it conceals. Schönbohm in the debate about the Nato retrofit, and later, in Berlin, the Return of refugees. Refugees, already at that time. He was a representative of law and order and security, inwardly as well as outwardly. But the older he became, the more in the consciousness that Jesus ' sermon on the mount, a policy on the basis of the Christian view of man requires. As Huber says in the pulpit, it is quite still; and as the bottom of Joe's brother Wulf, the planning chief of the CDU sits under the legendary Heiner Geißler. Who preached the very early.

National and conservative, but never Nationalist

He could focus, could be hard – but Schönbohm was able to mitigate the hardships. An Example? The Brandenburg police officers protest against restructuring. You want to escape the conversation with the Minister through the sample back to spin. It Schönbohm in his unmistakable mark Brandenburg Idiom: "hair cut is in order. You can turn around now!“ Laugh a call comes in.

"We do not come as a Defeated champion, but as Germans to Germans." The has him inspired in the war fled, and in the peace in the home returned. He was national and conservative, but never Nationalist, but a Patriot: this is The image that arises in the Berliner Dom from him. Of the coffin, he faces the congregation. Jörg Schönbohm, the way he lives and lived 81 years. He was loved. And the end of Wolfgang Huber says: "It commands, we of the love of God."

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