future head of state

Joachim Gauck was born on January 24, 1940.His hometown - Rostock, a port in the north-eastern part of Germany.The father of the future president served as a naval officer, and his mother was an employee of the Office.Parents Gauck from the beginning of the 30s of last century were in the Nazi Party, and his father was unable to prevent the Anglo-American exile, although later he returned home.

A few years after the war, my father was arrested Joachim Soviet counterintelligence already: he was suspected of espionage and anti-Soviet activity, as a result he was sentenced to a long imprisonment and was in one of the Si
berian camps.Joachim Gauck subsequently admitted that the arrest of his father greatly influenced his political views.From a young age the future president of Germany felt hatred for socialism and communist ideas.

As an adult, and an independent member of society, Gauck refused getting philological education, which sought since childhood and dedicated himself entirely to religious and human rights activities.In the 60 years he was pastor of the Lutheran church in Mecklenburg.He was called one of the most vocal dissidents in East Germany.At the end of the 80s Gauck took an active part in mass demonstrations in which the participants sought to unite the two German states at all costs. Gauck move quickly become the leader of the opposition movement "New Forum", one of the slogans of which was the holding of democratic reforms in the GDR.

way to the top power

In 1990, the future leader of Germany became a deputy of the People's Chamber of East Germany, where he headed the special committee that studied the disbanding of the state security.After the unification of West and East Germany one of his problems he saw the preservation of the integrity of the archives of the Ministry of Security, which sought to destroy his former employees. Office for the Study of the secret archives Gauck worked until October 2000.

then was active journalistic and human rights activities.As one of the leading public TV channels in Germany Gauck conduct propaganda aimed at combating extremism of any kind.

At the end of 2011 in Germany was the scandal erupted around the Federal President Wulff.Because of allegations of corrupt activity, he was forced to resign.Almost all major political parties support the country as a candidate for president Joachim Gauck, who at that time enjoyed very broad support from the population.At the end of March 2012, former pastor Gauck was elected head of the German state.