Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia
The Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia is a civil order of merit, of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia was founded on 11 March 1986 and it is awarded to citizens representing all segments of the population who have made extraordinary contributions to the people and state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The order is limited to 2500 living recipients, from its founding through January 2010, a total of 1357 people have been awarded the Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia. Administrative provisions to the Law on the Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia
Inge Keller was a German stage and film actress whose career on stage and screen spanned seventy years. She was one of the most prominent performers in the former German Democratic Republic, Thomas Langhoff described her as perhaps the most famous actress of the German Democratic Republic—a star. Deutschlandradio Kultur reporter Dieter Kranz called her a theater legend, Keller was known for her portrayal of the older Lilly Wust in the Golden Globe nominated Aimée & Jaguar. She won the Award for the Best Supporting Actress in the 36th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival for her participation in the film Lola, in 2006, Keller received the Order of Merit of Berlin from Mayor Klaus Wowereit. Keller was born to an affluent family in Berlin in 1923 and her father owned a quarry, and her mother was an industrialists daughter. She had a sister and a younger brother. Keller began studying acting out of a whim, after a friend recommended it and she made her debut on stage at the Kurfürstendamm Theater on 18 November 1942.
In 1943, she became a member of the cast in the Freiberg State Theater, alongside all other theaters in Nazi Germany, the latter was closed down on 1 September 1944, when Joseph Goebbels decided to extend the Total War into the cultural sphere. Keller lost her status as an actress and was called up for the Reich Labour Service. She entered a marriage to avoid conscription, and divorced soon afterwards. Keller told interviewer Günter Gaus that she was too lazy to join. After the war, Keller returned to act in Freiberg, at the Soviet Occupation Zone, in 1948, she moved to the Hebbel Theater in Kreuzberg, West Berlin. She depicted the character in 250 performances of the play, in all these institutions she frequently portrayed the character of Inge Ruoff in Friedrich Wolfs Professor Mamlock. At that time, she met and became involved with Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler. There, she joined the Deutsches Theater, on the stage of which she made her first appearance on 23 December 1950 and she remained a member of the ensemble for fifty years.
She and von Schnitzler married in 1952, but divorced in 1956, they had one daughter, Barbara, in the same year, Keller became a member of the National Fronts National Council. During her long career in the Deutsches Theater, she depicted a variety of roles. In 1952, she first portrayed Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaws Pygmalion, Keller appeared as Doolittle in 472 performances through the years
Eberhard Diepgen is a German politician of the CDU. Diepgen studied law at the Free University of Berlin, Diepgen was mayor of West Berlin from 1984 to 1989 and a reunited Berlin from 1991 to 2001. In February 1984, the West Berlin House of Deputies elected Diepgen and he replaced Richard von Weizsäcker, who resigned to take the post of President of West Germany. Under Diepgen’s leadership, the CDU won the 1985 state elections, in March 1987, Diepgen visited Washington, D. C. for meetings with President Ronald Reagan, Vice President George H. Bush, and National Security Advisor Frank Carlucci. Also in March 1987, Diepgen was invited by East German leader Erich Honecker to come to East Berlin to join celebrations marking the 750th anniversary of the founding of Berlin in the 13th century, apparently bowing to Soviet pressure, East Germany canceled its invitation. Diepgen subsequently resigned from his office and became the leader of the opposition, Diepgen was again elected Mayor in the first state elections of the united Berlin in 1990.
Also in 1991, Diepgen ordered the removal of a 3. 5-tonne sculpture of Vladimir Lenin and this so-called consensus decision was affirmed by the respective state legislatures. In 1999, news media first reported about a dispute between Diepgen and the U. S, as a result, the construction of the embassy was delayed over several years by a dispute over how large a buffer zone it requires for security. Amid the revelations of the CDU donations scandal in early 2000, on July 6,2000, Diepgen signed a treaty with Matheus Shikongo, the Mayor of Windhoek, on a twin city partnership between the two municipalities. In June 2001, the Social Democrats announced that they were withdrawing from Diepgen’s administration and tabled a motion of no-confidence in Diepgen, accusing him of mismanagement, Diepgen resigned, and Klaus Wowereit became acting mayor. Ahead of the 2002 federal elections, Diepgen resigned as chairman of the CDU in Berlin after having failed to secure the top position on the party’s list for the elections and he was succeeded by Joachim Zeller.
Following his resignation in 2001, Diepgen joined the Berlin office of German law firm Thümmel, the Mayor added that the total might have been 75,000 marks. As part of the allegations, a total of 37 businessmen and politicians were under investigation. Diepgen did not attend the inauguration of Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, großes Bundesverdienstkreuz mit Stern Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire Timeline of Berlin, 1980s-2000s
Hani Azer is an Egyptian civil engineer. He was born in Tanta and moved to Cairo for High School, in 1973, after earning BSc degree from the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University. He moved to Germany to study Post-Graduatation in Civil Engineering in Bochum, Azer headed the construction of the tunnel beneath Berlins Tiergarten in 1994. Subsequently, he became the Chief Engineer of Germanys fourth largest train station in Berlin, the station is a modernistic structure with a roof built almost entirely of glass blocks. Berliners voting Azer 13th among the top 50 Berliners of the year in 2006, Azer was honored by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 26 May 2006 at the inauguration of the Berlin Hauptbahnhof. Azer was honored by Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. On 1 October 2006, Azer received one of Berlins most respected distinctions, Azer is considered nowadays as the one of the top tunelling and Bridges Engineer at the global level
Senate of Berlin
The Senate of Berlin is the executive body governing the city of Berlin, which at the same time is a state of Germany. According to the Constitution of Berlin the Senate consists of the Governing Mayor of Berlin and up to eight Senators appointed by the Governing Mayor, the Senate meets weekly at the Rotes Rathaus. King Frederick I of Prussia by resolution finally had both towns, and three founded adjacent cities and elevated to the Royal Capital and Residence City of Berlin as of 1 January 1710, the council was headed by a Lord Mayor, or Oberbürgermeister. Lord Mayor Heinrich Sahm, elected in 1931, remained in office, and joined the NSDAP in November 1933 and his power totally depended on Julius Lippert, on 25 March 1933 appointed as Prussian State Commissioner for Berlin. So Berlin was de facto under the governance of the Nazi regime. After the defeat of Nazi Germany, Berlin was to be under the governance of the Allied Kommandatura. However, in the election of 20 October 1946, the city elected an SPD-majority Stadtverordnetenversammlung, the second elected SPD mayor, the devoted anti-communist Ernst Reuter, was vetoed by the Soviet commander, so Louise Schroeder officiated as only acting lord mayor.
This was unacceptable to the Soviets, who engineered the establishment of a city council in the sector under their direct control. In the 1950 constitution the number of senators was 16, each elected by the parliament. Anyway, until 1990 the elected candidates gained any legal power as lord mayor, the Oberbürgermeister and the Regierender Bürgermeister similarly headed the government jointly. The senate meets in the room in the Red Town Hall which was created for the Magistrat in the 1950s. Berlin is governed by a maximum of eight senators together with the head of state, each senator presides over one of the following departments, Senate Chancellery The Senate Chancellery staff coordinates the Senates policies and supports the governing mayor. Klaus Wowereit has been the mayor of Berlin since 2001. In 2011, Björn Böhning was appointed chief of the senate chancellery, procedural Rules of the Senate Senate Departments
Jenny Wolf is a German speed skater who is the current world record holder, at 74.42 seconds, for the womens 500 m x 2 in long track speed skating. On 10 March 2007 at the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships in Salt Lake City and she finished sixth on the 500 m at the 2006 Winter Olympics of Turin, and tenth on the same distance in 2002. Wolf won the Speed Skating World Cup in the 2005–06 season on the 500 m and her favorite distance is the 100 m, but this is not an Olympic event. Wolf won the medal at the 500 m at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Wolf was the record holder in the event at the time. On 13 November 2010, Wolf won her 40th 500 m World Cup race, thereby breaking Bonnie Blairs record, who won 39 World Cup races on that distance