Peter Glotz
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Peter Glotz
Member of the Bundestag
In office
In office
Secretary of State of the Federal Minister for Education and Research
In office
Senator for Science and Research in the state of Berlin
In office
Secretary general of the SPD
In office
Personal details
Born(1939-03-06)6 March 1939
Eger (Cheb), Czechoslovakia
Died25 August 2005(2005-08-25) (aged 66)
Zurich, Switzerland
Political partySPD

Peter Glotz (6 March 1939 – 25 August 2005) was a German social democratic politician (Social Democratic Party) and social scientist.

Peter Glotz was born in Cheb, Czechoslovakia, (in German Eger), to a German father and a Czech mother. His father, an insurance-clerk joined the Nazi Party and administered a small "aryanized" Jewish factory in Prague.[1][2] His family fled from Czechoslovakia in September 1945 and settled in Franconia.[3][4][5] He studied Journalism, Philosophy, Germanistics, and Sociology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the University of Vienna, and became a doctor of philosophy in 1968.

Glotz became director of the Ludwig Maximilian University in 1969 and a member of the Landtag of Bavaria in 1970. He was a member of the German parliament from 1972 to 1977 and a parliamentary state secretary of the Federal Minister for Education and Research from 1974 until 1977.

From 1977 to 1981 Glotz was a senator for science and research in the state of Berlin, and became a member of the parliament again in 1983, resigning in 1996. He was secretary general of the SPD from 1981 to 1987. Glotz then became founding director of the University of Erfurt (1996–1999) and professor for communication sciences.

From January 2000 until his death in Zürich, Glotz was a Professor for media and society at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. In 2002, he was a representative of the German Chancellor to the European Convention. With Erika Steinbach, he was chairman of the Centre Against Expulsions foundation.

Selected works


  1. ^ Hahn, Hahn, Peter Glotz und seine Geschichtsbilder (in German)
  2. ^ "Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte". Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  3. ^ "BayernSPD Landtagsfraktion". Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  4. ^ GmbH, news networld Internetservice (26 August 2005). "- Ehemaliger SPD-Spitzenpolitiker Peter Glotz in Züricher Spital". Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  5. ^ "Wir trauern sehr..., Erika Steinbach". Archived from the original on 14 April 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2022.