Party affiliation: Christian Democratic Union of Germany
Chairman. Area Association, and Member, District Committee, Naumburg. Town Councillor, Aschersleben, 1952-1956. Member of District Parliament, Halle, 1958-1962.
Member of the Volkskammer. March-Oct. 1990; Chairman, Foreign Committee, then Observer of European Parliament. Member of Bundestag, December since 1990.
Deputy-Chairman, Committee for Economic Co-operation. Teacher, Axchersleben and Freckleben, 1952-1954. Lecturer, Christian Democratic Union Party Schools, 1954-1958.
Head of Cultural Editorial, daily newspaper, 1958-1966. Teacher and director, Naumburg Puppet Theatre. Sub-editor, interpreter and translator Chairman, Society of Friends of Italy, East Berlin, since 1990.
Chairman. League for Understanding Between Peoples. Head, church choir.