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Theo Sommer

Theo Sommer, German editor, publisher. Recipient Theodor Wolff award, 1966, International Communications award, Republic of China, 1991, Columbus award, 1993, Federal Order of Merit, 1998, Honor Cross of the Bundeswehr in Gold, 2002.

Background

  • Sommer, Theo was born on June 10, 1930 in Constance, Germany. Son of Theo and Else Sommer.

  • Education

    • Student, Tübingen University, Sweden. Student, University Chicago. Student Henry Kissinger summer seminar, Harvard University, 1960.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Maryland, 1982.

    Career

    • Local editor Schwäbisch-Gmünd, 1952—1954. Political, foreign editor Die Zeit, Hamburg, Germany, 1958, deputy editor-in-chief, 1968, editor-in-chief, 1973—1992, public, 1992—2000, editor-at-large, since 2000. Chief of planning staff Ministry of Defense, Bonn, 1969—1970.

      Member German Armed Forces Structure Commission, 1970—1972, International Commission on Balkans, 1995—1996, Indiana International Commission on Kosovo, 1999—2000. Deputy chairman Commission on Future of Bundeswehr, 1999—2000. Lecturer international relations University Hamburg, 1967—1970.

      Commentator German television, radio. Member Indo-German Consultant Group, since 1992, German co-chair, since 1996. Member German-Japanese Dialogue Forum, since 1993, Trilateral Commission, 1974—1993.

      Member steering committee Bilderberg Meetings, 1975—1989, Königswinter Conference, 1962—1992. Member advisory council Medienstadt Leipzig, 1992—1996. Member German advisory committee German Marshall Fund of the United States, 1989—1997.

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    Member Bertelsmann Foundation, 1988—1996. Member of Honorary member Trilateral Communications, Honorary member Association of Anciens, Advisory Council Military History Institute, Council German-Turkish Foundation (board member since 1998), Königswinter Conference, International Institute for Strategic Studies (member council 1963-1976, 1978-1987), German Foreign Policy Association.

    Connections

    • Married Elda Tsilenis, 1952. 2 children; married Heide Grenz, 1976. Married Sabine Grewe, 1988.
    • father: Theo Sommer
    • mother: Else Sommer
    • spouses: Elda Tsilenis
    • Heide Grenz
    • Sabine Grewe
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      chief of planning staff Ministry of Defense
      Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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