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 Horst Sindermann
Willi Stoph
Hans Modrow
Preceded by Otto Winzer
Succeeded by Markus Meckel
Personal details
Born (1923-03-19) 19 March 1923 (age 94)
, Czechoslovakia
Nationality German
Political party Socialist Unity Party of Germany

Oskar Fischer (born 19 March 1923 in , Czechoslovakia) is a former 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]


  1. ^ "Document 23" (PDF). George Washington University. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  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" (PDF). 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 (in 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.