SPK mourns Norbert Zimmermann

News from 11/29/2021

Former vice president of the SPK dies at the age of 75

Portrait Norbert Zimmermann
© SPK/U. Ruths

Norbert Zimmermann, formerly vice president of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation), passed away last week in Berlin at the age of 75. Zimmermann worked for the Foundation for almost three decades, also serving as interim president for a few months in 1998 and 1999 after the departure of Werner Knopp.

SPK President Hermann Parzinger has paid tribute in an obituary: "Norbert Zimmermann was a veteran of the SPK. With characteristic clarity as a lawyer, combined with a great affinity and passion for literature, music, and art, he guided the fortunes of Germany's largest cultural institution with responsibility at federal and state level. He stood in high regard with the organs of government responsible for the Foundation, and within it he acted with determination and great efficiency. One of his greatest achievements came after German reunification, when he played a decisive role in bringing together collections that had been separated for decades since the war. Not only that, but he saw to it that the personnel from the East and the West grew together as an SPK family. We mourn the loss of Norbert Zimmermann, a formative figure in the history of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, and we will always cherish his memory. We offer our condolences to his family and next of kin."

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