Oskar Fischer (politician)

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Oskar Fischer
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1989-0901-038, Oskar Fischer.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
Prime Minister Hans Modrow
Preceded by Otto Winzer
Succeeded by Markus Meckel
Personal details
Born (1923-03-19) 19 March 1923 (age 91)
Nationality German
Political party Socialist Unity Party of Germany

Oskar Fischer (born 19 March 1923) was an East German politician who served as minister of foreign affairs of the German Democratic Republic from 1975 to 1990.[1][2][3]


Fischer served as East Germany's ambassador to Bulgaria for four years.[4] He was deputy minister of foreign affairs from 1965 to 1975.[4][5] He was named as a member of the Central Committee of the Socialist Unity Party in 1971.[4][6] He was appointed as minister of foreign affairs on 3 March 1975.[7] Fischer replaced Otto Winzer in the post, who had been removed from office due to ill health.[6]

Oscar Fischer was the first member of the East German cabinet to visit Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in 1978.[8] Fischer also officially visited a number of European states, including Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands.[9] Fischer's tenure lasted until 12 April 1990.[10]

At the beginning of the 2000s, Fischer served as one of the advisors to Gabriele Zimmer.[11]


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  2. ^ "Leaders of East Germany". Terra. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Foreign Affairs". Rulers. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Oskar Fischer". Der Spiegel. 27 January 1975. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Treaty between the Polish People's Republic and the German Democratic Republic concerning the delimitation of the continental shelf in the Baltic Sea". UN. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "E. German Post Goes to Fischer". Pittsburgh Post Gazette (Berlin). NYT. 21 January 1975. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Die Tätigkeit der "Gruppe Ulbricht" in Berlin von April bis Juni 1945" German Federal Archives. Retrieved 4 September 2012 (German)
  8. ^ "Pope meets East German, Names Aide". The Milwaukee Journal (The Vatican City). 29 January 1979. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Ofer Feldman; Christ'l De Landtsheer (1998). Politically Speaking: A Worldwide Examination of Language Used in the Public Sphere. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-275-96122-0. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Monika Zimmermann (1994). Was macht eigentlich ...?. Ch. Links Verlag. p. 65. ISBN 978-3-86153-064-0. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Zimmers Altkader". Der Spiegel. 2 July 2001. Retrieved 4 September 2012.