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Jürgen Linden

Jürgen Linden
Juergen Linden at a laudatio for the "Médaille Charlemagne pour les Médias Européens"
Lord Mayor of Aachen
Preceded by Kurt Malangré
Succeeded by Marcel Philipp
Personal details
Born (1947-01-13) January 13, 1947
Aachen, Germany
Political party Social Democratic Party of Germany
Spouse(s) Maria Linden
Children Boris, Kolja, Laura
Alma mater University of Bonn (J.D.)
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Catholic

Jürgen Linden (born January 13, 1947) is a German politician (Social Democratic Party of Germany) and was Lord Mayor of Aachen from 1989 to 2009.


Linden was born in Aachen, Germany.

Linden received High School education at the Einhard-Gymnasium in Aachen and finished schooling in 1966.[1] Linden studied law until 1974 and obtained an approval for the occupation of lawyer in the same year. In 1975 he became a Juris Doctor PhD.

From 2007 to 12 June 2010 Linden was Chairman of Alemannia Aachen GmbH, the company of the league playing soccer club TSV Alemannia Aachen.

Linden is the speaker of the board of directors of the Charlemagne Prize of the city of Aachen which is awarded since 60 years to people who extraordinarily contributed to the unification of Europe. Famous prize winners were Winston Churchill, Konrad Adenauer, Juan Carlos I of Spain, Henry Kissinger, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Tony Blair, Angela Merkel and others.[2]

Linden is married and father of three children.


1970 Linden joined the SPD. In 1977 he was elected to the council of his hometown and served from 1984 to 1989 the office of the Honorary Mayor of Aachen.

After the local elections in 1989 a Red-Green coalition came to power and elected Linden on October 18, 1989 as the successor to Kurt Malangré (CDU). After the change of the electoral rules in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Linden for the first time in Aachen held the post of a full-time and paid Lord Mayor from October 12, 1995 to October 21, 2009. On April 25, 2008 Linden publicly declared, not to compete at the local elections in 2009. He was succeeded by Marcel Philipp (CDU).[3]

Linden has contributed for the reconstruction of the Jewish Synagogue in Aachen which was destroyed at the Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht) on November 9, 1938,[4] and was reinaugurated on May 18, 1995.[5] Linden called into life the Aachen Cultural Summer, a series of events including classical and rock concerts, readings and dance performances. Linden contributed to the economic development of the city of Aachen due to contacts with industry and trade and important German policy makers. A political defeat he suffered due to a Referendum in the project "Bauhaus Europe", a planned cultural center on one of the central squares of Aachen which was not built after the negative Referendum.[6]

Honors and Awards

  • 2007: Officer's cross of the Order Pro Merito Melitensi of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (Malteserorden) [7]
  • 2008: Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland [8]
  • 2008: Freeman of the city of Heerlen [9]
  • 2009: Grand Commander of the Ordre National du Mérite de la Republic Francaise [10]
  • 2009: Freeman of the city of Aachen [11]
  • 2009 Golden Honorary Medal of the City of Maastricht [12]


  1. ^ Academic dictionaries and encyclopedias. Important pupils (bekannte Schüler) of Einhard Gymnasium Aachen [1]
  2. ^ Webpage of the Charlemagne Prize
  3. ^ Biography on the website of the city of Aachen at the Wayback Machine (archived September 27, 2007)
  4. ^ The United States Holocaust Museum; Kristallnacht: A Nationwide Pogrom, November 9–10, 1938 — Photograph [2]
  5. ^ Report of the Jewish Council Germany (Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland) about the reinauguration of the Synagogue [3]
  6. ^ Information of the Media Computing Group of the RWTH Aachen University that the project has been stopped. [4]
  7. ^ Newspaper report about the conferring of the order
  8. ^ List of the knights of the "Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland - (Verdienstorden der Republik Polen)
  9. ^ BFR online report
  10. ^ Report of the French embassy in Germany about the ceremony
  11. ^ Newspaper report
  12. ^ Newspaper report about the conferring of the medal

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