Mr. Weizsäcker’s sense of history’s burden showed in the performance of his ceremonial tasks. In 1985 he became the first West German chief of state to visit Israel. While Mr. Kohl skirted the issue for political reasons, Mr. Weizsäcker marked the 50th anniversary of the Poland invasion by writing to his Polish counterpart that Germany would never lay claim to Poland’s formerly German western provinces.

-Wolfgang Saxon ‘Richard von Weizsäcker, 94, Dies: First President of Reunited Germany‘ The New York Times (2015)


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