Early life and education
Kronawitter was born in Oberthann, a part of Schweitenkirchen, in the district of Pfaffenhofen. He became an elementary school teacher in 1949, and earned his certification as a Diplom-Handelslehrer (business teacher) in 1956.
Career in politics
He joined the SPD in 1961 and was elected to the Landtag of Bavaria in 1966. In the 1972 local elections, he was elected Mayor of Munich with 55.9 percent of the votes, succeeding Hans-Jochen Vogel. Due to conflicts within his party, he did not run for mayorship in the 1978 elections, and was succeeded by the CSU's Erich Kiesl. Six years later, he was elected mayor again in the 1 April 1984 run-off election, with 58.1 percent of the votes. In 1990, he was reelected with 61.64 percent of the votes.
After his mayoral career, Kronawitter was a major supporter of the successful Initiative-Unser-München petition, which stipulates that no high rise buildings whose height exceeds that of the Frauenkirche (99 m) may be built in Munich.
In 1978, he was honored with the Ludwig-Thoma medal. In 1993, Kronawitter was honored by the city of Munich for his commitment to social justice and his early awareness of ecological possibilities of fiscal policy. In July 2014 he was honoured with the freedom of Munich prize, aimed at highlighting the work of political figures.
- Armin Geier. "Alt-OB Georg Kronawitter: Stadt plant große Trauerfeier". tz.de. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- Biography at the city's web site (German)
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