Johannes Rau Biography
(Former President of Germany (1999 - 2004))
Birthday: January 16, 1931 (Capricorn)
Born In: Wuppertal, Germany
Johannes Rau was a German politician who served as the President of Germany for five years. Before getting to the topmost position of the country, he held various political positions including the post of mayor of Wuppertal. Influenced by his protestant family, he regularly participated in ‘The Confessing Church’, which worked to actively raise their voice against the rise of Nazism. Rau considered it his life’s mission to mend the cracks that had developed in his country’s reputation and image due to Germany’s violent past. His attitude was one of a patriot rather than a nationalist, because more than anything, Rau worshipped his ‘fatherland’ and wished to lead it in the right direction. A number of doctorates and honorary prizes were conferred upon him in his political career. He was an ardent follower of Christianity and was even included as a member of the prestigious Synod of the Evangelical Church, Rhineland. The motto that he constantly swore by in his political career was ‘to reconcile, not divide’. This helped him win the hearts of his countrymen, who still recognize his contribution in German history.