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Hans-Jochen Vogel

Hans-Jochen Vogel (born February 3, 1926 in Göttingen) is a German politician.

Vogel was born in Göttingen. He attended school in Gießen and graduated in 1943. Vogel was a Scharführer of the Hitlerjugend[1] and was conscripted into Wehrmacht service in 1943, where he served as an officer cadet for two years until the end of World War II. He studied law in Marburg and Munich from 1946–48.

Vogel was Mayor of Munich from 1960–72. After the general election in 1972 he became Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Construction and Urban Development. He served as Federal Minister of Justice from 1974–81.

In January 1981 he was elected Mayor of West Berlin but lost the election in June to Richard von Weizsäcker. From June 1981 to 1983 he chaired the SPD's parliamentary group in the state parliament of Berlin.

In 1983 he was his party's candidate against Chancellor Helmut Kohl. He lost the election and succeeded Herbert Wehner as the chairman of the SPD's parliamentary group and in 1987 he succeeded Willy Brandt as the party chairman. In 1991 he resigned from both positions and was succeded by Hans-Ulrich Klose and Björn Engholm, respectively.

Vogel is the older brother of CDU politician Bernhard Vogel.


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Willy Brandt
Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
Succeeded by
Björn Engholm
Political offices
Preceded by
Dietrich Stobbe
Mayor of Berlin
Succeeded by
Richard von Weizsäcker
Preceded by
Thomas Wimmer
Mayor of Munich
Succeeded by
Georg Kronawitter


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