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Jörg Schönbohm (2 September 1937 – 7 February 2019) was a German politician (CDU) and a retired Lieutenant General. He was the first commander of the Bundeswehr Eastern Command in 1990, which supervised the absorption of the East German National People's Army into the Federal German armed forces. In 1991 he became the Inspector of the Army, the highest-ranking officer in the German Army; he was retired in 1992 to become Undersecretary for Security Policy in the Federal Ministry of Defence. From 1996 to 1998 Schönbohm was Senator of the Interior for the city of Berlin, and from 1999 to 2009 he held the same office as Interior Minister for the state of Brandenburg.

Jörg Schönbohm
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Deputy Minister President of Brandenburg
In office
13 October 1999 – 19 February 2009
Minister PresidentManfred Stolpe
Matthias Platzeck
Preceded byAlwin Ziel
Succeeded byUlrich Junghanns
Minister of the Interior of Brandenburg
In office
13 October 1999 – 6 November 2009
Minister PresidentManfred Stolpe
Matthias Platzeck
Preceded byAlwin Ziel
Succeeded byRainer Speer
Senator for the Interior of Berlin
In office
25 January 1996 – 12 November 1998
Governing MayorEberhard Diepgen
Preceded byDieter Heckelmann
Succeeded byEckart Werthebach
Inspector of the Army
In office
17 October 1991 – 18 February 1992
DeputyHarald Schulz
Preceded byHenning von Ondarza
Succeeded byHelge Hansen
Personal details
Born(1937-09-02)2 September 1937
Neu Golm, Germany
Died7 February 2019(2019-02-07) (aged 81)
Kleinmachnow, Germany
Political partyChristian Democratic Union


Personal lifeEdit

Schönbohm was Protestant, and married with three children. He resided in Kleinmachnow in Potsdam-Mittelmark.[citation needed] He died on 7 February 2019 at the age of 81.[1]



  • Jörg Schönbohm, Two Armies and One Fatherland: The End of the Nationale Volksarmee, Berghahn Books, 1996, ISBN 1-57181-069-2, ISBN 978-1-57181-069-4


  1. ^ "Der „märkische General" Jörg Schönbohm ist tot". MAZ - Märkische Allgemeine (in German). Retrieved 2019-02-08.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Henning von Ondarza
Inspector of the Army
27 October 1991–18 February 1992
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Helge Hansen
Preceded by
Generalmajor Harald Schulz
Commander of 3rd Panzer Division (Bundeswehr)
11 March 1988 – 5 January 1989
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Winfried Weick