Elisabeth Raiser

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Elisabeth Raiser
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Elisabeth Raiser, Berlin, 2012
Bertha Elisabeth Freiin von Weizsäcker

August 18, 1940
Spouse(s)Rev. Dr. Konrad Raiser
Parent(s)Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker

Elisabeth Raiser (née Bertha Elisabeth Freiin von Weizsäcker) is a 21st-century historian, former President of the German Evangelical Church Assembly, and daughter of Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Born as Bertha Elisabeth Freiin von Weizsäcker in Zurich, Switzerland on August 18, 1940, Elisabeth Raiser is the daughter of polymath Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker and niece of Richard von Weizsäcker, former president of the Federal Republic of Germany.[3]

Her husband is Reverend Dr. Konrad Raiser.[4][5]

She studied history and Romance languages and, like her mother before her, earned her doctorate in history. In addition, she has been active with various ecumenical activities throughout her life, and served as the president of the first German Evangelical Church Assembly.[6]

In June 2018, she and her husband spoke at the Pfarrhaustreff in Diedersdorf and introduced a short version of Kreisgang, the film she directed regarding her father's life and work as a philosopher, physicist and peace activist. The film explores the spiritual experiences which helped shape her father throughout his life, according to Potsdam's Märkische Allgemeine, including the "divine grace [which] prevented him and his colleagues from having to build the atomic bomb for Hitler" during the period he worked with Werner Heisenberg and Otto Hahn on Germany's uranium project.[7]


  1. ^ Konrad Raiser (27 May 2014). Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker: Major Texts on Religion. Springer. p. 12. ISBN 978-3-319-03704-2.
  2. ^ Nückles, Bärbel. "Der Großvater und die Reichsuniversität" ("The Grandfather and the Imperial University"). Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany: Badische Zeitung, June 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Ujlaki, Marina. "Erinnerungen an Carl-Friedrich von Weizsäcker" ("Memories of Carl-Friedrich von Weizsäcker"). Potsdam, Germany: Märkische Allgemeine, June 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
  5. ^ Christian Post
  6. ^ Görnitz, Thomas. Carl Friedrich v. Weizsäcker: Physiker, Philosoph, Visionär. p. 36. Norderstedt, Germany: Books on Demand, 2012.
  7. ^ Ujlaki, "Erinnerungen an Carl-Friedrich von Weizsäcker" ("Memories of Carl-Friedrich von Weizsäcker"), Märkische Allgemeine.

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