Samuel David Mendelssohn

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Samuel David Mendelssohn
1st, 3rd, 5th Government Commissioner for Education and Youth for the district of Rheinhessen-Pfalz
In office
January 1, 1975 – July 2, 1977; October 9, 1983; – December 22, 1983; March 17, 1985 – November 28, 1985
Preceded by (1st) new creation;
(3rd) Werner Böhm;
(5th) Waltraud Rheinhardt
Succeeded by (1st) Werner Böhm;
(3rd) Waltraud Rheinhardt;
(5th) Victor von Stutenbreck
Personal details
Born May 17, 1942
Jerusalem
Died September 16, 2006
Ludwigshafen
Political party none, candidated for FDP
Spouse(s) Barbara Modersohn Becker (1966–1971); Marianne Weber (1982–1997)
Occupation political scientist, teacher

Samuel David Nathaniel Aaron Mendelssohn (May 17, 1942 in Jerusalem – September 16, 2006), known as Samuel David Mendelssohn, was a German political scientist, author and independent politician for the Free Democrats.

Biography[edit]

Mendelssohn was born as the only son of Amschel and his wife Elvira in Jerusalem. In 1943 the Mendelssohns' emigrated to Liechtenstein and in 1945 to Munich, Germany. There Mendelssohn joined the University and earned a doctorate in 1965 in Political Science as Dr. disc. pol..

From 1966 to 1971, Mendelssohn was married to Barbara Modersohn-Becker; he became a widower when Barbara died in childbirth with the birth of their last child, Ariane. They have five children: Maximilian (born 1967), Sebastian (born 1968), Rahel (born 1970), Daniel (born 1971) and Ariane (born 1971). In 1982 he married Marianne Weber and they had two daughters: Marina (born 1984) and Christiane (born 1985). Marianne also died in childbirth in 1997.

Mendelssohn lived in Ludwigshafen (1966–1975) and in Landau (since 1975).

Political science[edit]

Mendelssohn wrote many essays about the political situation in Germany between 1964 and 1985 and also to the German reunification in 1990.

Today Mendelssohn is known as one of the most notable political scientists in Europe in the post-war time.

Politics[edit]

Mendelssohn was also politically active: He was a member of the city council of Ludwigshafen and from 1975 till 1977 he was Government Commissioner for Education and Youth for the district of Rheinhessen-Pfalz (Regierungskommissar für Bildung und Jugend für den Regierungsbezirk Rheinhessen-Pfalz) of Rhineland-Palatinate. He held this office for a second and a third time in 1983 and 1985.

Official Mendelssohn joined no party, but he sympathised with the FDP.

Didactics[edit]

Since 1968 Mendelssohn had been a teacher on a Realschule in Landau. He gave lessons in politics, English and German. Since 1973 he was also the principal of this school. He reformed the didactics in politics in school.

In 1999 Mendelssohn held his last lesson as teacher.

Political offices
Preceded by
Government Commissioner for Education and Youth for the district of Rheinhessen-Pfalz
1975–1977
Succeeded by
Werner Böhm
Preceded by
Werner Böhm
Government Commissioner for Education and Youth for the district of Rheinhessen-Pfalz
(acting)

1983
Succeeded by
Waltraud Rheinhardt
Preceded by
Waltraud Rheinhardt
Government Commissioner for Education and Youth for the district of Rheinhessen-Pfalz
(acting)

1985
Succeeded by
Victor von Stutenbreck