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In Memory of Guido Goldman (1937-2020)

Guido Goldman2On behalf of the board of directors, the management and the whole team at the CASSIS we mourn the loss of Guido Goldman. The Center remains committed to his legacy. The following is an obituary of Senior-Professor James D. Bindenagel:


"It is with great sadness that we learned of Guido Goldman’s passing on November 30, 2020. He was a dedicated and trusted American friend of Germany, who contributed so much to shepherd the relationship through the decades. Guido Goldman’s relentless efforts to promote international understanding, fight racial prejudice, support the arts, and help the needy are widely recognized. Guido was the architect of enduring partnerships between Germany and the United States that foster transatlantic interchange and mutual understanding.

When Bonn University established the Kissinger Chair, Guido Goldman generously supported the International Security Forum Bonn partnership with the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. That Forum contributed significantly to the Kissinger chair’s success. Guido met with Henry Kissinger in 2018 to share the University’s decision to make the Kissinger Chair permanent. Bonn University has shown that it was grateful for his support.

All of us who were honored to know Guido Goldman sincerely appreciate his contributions to public life in the United States, especially transatlantic relations. He worked tirelessly with Chancellors Brandt and Kohl for the establishment and expansion of the German Marshall Fund (GMF), which he served for forty years as the founding Chairman of its Board. He was an essential contributor to German-American relations and a board member of the American Council on Germany.

His lifelong commitment to promoting international peace and prosperity included support for reconciliation with survivors of the Holocaust. The creation of the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility, and Future (EVZ) was an excellent example that the secret of reconciliation is remembrance. Guido knew the importance of remembrance.

Guido left us a legacy of institutions and individuals who will continue to maintain the German-American relationship."


Senior-Prof. James Bindenagel

Prof. Dr. Volker Kronenberg

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Hilz

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie 

Dr. Enrico Fels 

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