Wolfgang Ullmann

  • For the Swiss Baptist preacher Wolfgang Ullmann (also: Uliman, Ullmann and Uolimann, actually Wolfgang Schorant; * 1500, † 1530), see Wolfgang Ullmann.

Wolfgang Ullmann ( born August 18, 1929 in God Leuba; . † 30 July 2004 in Adorf / Vogtl ) was a German theologian, church historian, politician ( Alliance 90/The Greens ) and editor of the weekly Friday.


Wolfgang Ullmann attended primary schools in Bad Gottleuba and Dresden and was laid in 1948 the Abitur at the Real -Gymnasium in Dresden bubble Witz. After the Second World War he studied from 1948 to 1954 Protestant theology and philosophy at the Church University Berlin ( West) and at the Georg- August-Universität Göttingen. In 1953 he was briefly a member of the All-German People's Party.

After completing his PhD - Thesis was the psychological doctrine of the Trinity Augustine as a theological premise of medieval ethics - in 1954 he returned back to the GDR and became pastor in Colmnitz ( Saxony). 1963 appointed him to the Catechetical Seminar Naumburg for lecturers of Church History. In his work he devoted himself among other things the Fathers of the early Church, Thomas Müntzer and the work of philosophers such as Eugen Rosenstock- Huessy or Florensky Pavel Alexandrovich. In 1978 he took over the professorship of Ecclesiastical History in Berlin Sprachenkonvikt the Evangelical Church of Berlin / Brandenburg. In 1987, he joined the initiative for rejection of practice and principle of accrual.

Together with Konrad White and Ulrike Poppe he founded in 1989, the Citizens' Movement Democracy Now. In this capacity he was also a member of the Round Table, a body newly formed with the aim to take into account the needs of as many groups involved. From February to April 1990, Ullmann Minister without portfolio in the government of Hans Modrow, then as a representative of Alliance 90 deputy and a vice president of the GDR People's Chamber. He worked out the design for a new GDR constitution no longer resolved.

From 3 October 1990 to 1994 he was a member of the German Bundestag for the Alliance 90/The Greens. He pleaded in the Joint Constitutional Commission of the Bundestag and Bundesrat (1991-1993) for the anchoring of popular initiative, referendum and plebiscite in the Basic Law. When the demands were rejected, he left the Commission. From 1994 to 1998 he was a member of the Alliance 90/The Greens in the European Parliament.

Ullmann was 1994, the Theodor Heuss Medal and the 1996 Arnold Freymuth Prize, in addition, he was awarded for his commitment to Berlin as the federal capital in July 2004, the honorary title of a Berlin city elders. He was until his death the editor of a weekly newspaper Friday.

Ullmann was married since 1956 and had three children, one of the composer Jakob Ullmann. His legacy as a theologian, politician and publisher located in the archives of Robert Havemann Society ( Berlin). He's worked archival and largely appreciated without usage restrictions.


  • Published by Friedrich de Boor: Sources. Selected texts from the history of the Christian Church. Evang. ET - Institute, Berlin 1980.
  • Preschool democracy. Church and Round Table. Evang. ET - Anst. , Berlin 1990, ISBN 3-374-01356-2.
  • Democracy - now or never. Perspectives of justice. Cyril and Methodius -Verl., Munich 1990, ISBN 3-927527-24-6.
  • With Bernhard Maleck: I will not be silent. Discussions with Wolfgang Ullmann. Dietz, Berlin 1991, ISBN 3-320-01753-5.
  • With Bernhard Maleck: Constitution and Parliament. A contribution to the constitutional debate. Dietz, Berlin 1992, ISBN 3-320017-75-6.
  • Future education. Taking stock after the end of utopias. Context -Verl., Berlin 1995, ISBN 3-931337-10-3.
  • Patience, love Dimut! Brussels letters. Forum -Verl., Leipzig 1998, ISBN 3-931801-04-7.
  • Citizens' movements and Parliament. In: Raban Graf von Westphalen (ed.): German system of government. ( Textbooks and handbooks of political science ) Munich / Vienna, Oldenbourg, 2001, pp. 525-543, ISBN 3-486-25737-4, table of contents.
  • Human rights obligations and human rights commitment of the European Union ( EU). In: Yearbook of Human Rights, 2001 Edited by Heiner Bielefeldt, Volkmar Deile, Brigitte Hamm, Franz -Josef Hutter, Sabine Kurtenbach and Hannes Tretter, Vienna / Cologne / Weimar, Böhlau, 2001..