Luc Jochimsen

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Luc Jochimsen
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Luc Jochimsen (2013)
Personal details
Born (1936-03-01) March 1, 1936 (age 81)
Nationality German
Political party The Left party

Lukrezia Luise "Luc" Jochimsen, née Lukrezia Schleussinger (born 1 March 1936), is a German sociologist, television journalist, and politician of the The Left party.

Professional career[edit]

Luc Jochimsen was born in Nuremberg, the daughter of a vehicle dealer. Her schooling in Frankfurt am Main ended in 1956. She studied sociology, political science, and philosophy at the University of Hamburg. In 1961 she became a doctor of philosophy at the University of Münster.

She was from 1961 to 1975 a freelance author, and from 1975 to 1985 presenter of the TV programme Panorama in Hamburg. From 1985 to 1988 she was the ARD London correspondent. From 1988 to 1991 she was responsible for the department of documentaries of NDR and from 1991 until 1993 she led the ARD television studios in London. From 1994 to 2001 she was the chief editor of television for Hessischer Rundfunk and together with others chaired the politics show 3 zwei eins.

Political activities[edit]

Jochimsen only became politically active in 2002, after her retirement. She has complained that the former German Democratic Republic and the successor of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, then named Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS), was being "stigmatized" after the fall of the communist regime in 1989.[1]

In the 2002 Bundestag election, she was the top candidate of the PDS, in Hesse. However, she failed to be elected. In 2005, she was nominated by the PDS in Thuringia in the former East Germany, and was elected. There, she proposed to abolish October 3 (the date of the Reunification of Germany) as the national holiday, and instead introduce May 8, as a national holiday commemorating German defeat in World War II. In September 2009, she was denied access to the Ministry of Defence by the military police on the occasion of the dedication of a monument to German soldiers who were killed in action on missions abroad.[2]

She was nominated by her party for President of Germany in the 2010 election. She opposed Christian Wulff, the candidate of the governing CDU, CSU and FDP, as well as Joachim Gauck, the candidate of the SPD and the Greens, and also the candidate of the NPD, Frank Rennicke.

Following her nomination, Jochimsen opined that the GDR was "not a state of injustice per definition", despite "committing inexcusable injustice towards its citizens".[3]

Like the other members of the Bundestag parliamentary group of the Left Party, she is under surveillance by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.[4]


Before she started her political activities, she received several professional awards for her work as a journalist.


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  2. ^ Freitag: Ehrenmal auf Zuwachs, 9. September 2009
  3. ^ "Jochimsen: DDR "kein Unrechtsstaat" - Gedenken an Volksaufstand" (in German). 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
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