Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen

Berlin, Germany


Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen is a Berlin native, having studied Music and Languages in Berlin, Perugia and Rome. She has worked as a journalist for radio, TV and the weekly newspaper “Die Zeit.” She has also published books and short stories, among which “Zwei Bäume in Jerusalem” (“Two Trees in Jerusalem”) tells the story of her parents. Yad Vashem honoured her parents as “Righteous among the Nations” by planting a tree for each of them. They saved some hundred Jewish lives during the Third Reich. In the late 1960s, Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen joined the German Liberal Party (FDP). In 1972 she was elected as a member of the City Council of Munich, where she served until March 1984. She left Munich when she was appointed Senator of the City of Berlin's Government. Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen served in Berlin until February 1989. From 1988 until 1991 she worked as General Secretary of the Liberal Party (FDP). In 1990, she was elected to the Bundestag, the German Parliament. A year later, the federal government appointed her as a Commissioner working on immigration issues. She left Parliament in November 1998. Since that time, she has held a variety of positions in several public organizations. She was the Board Chair of Humanity in Action Deutschland e. V. for many years and currently serves as the Honorary Chair. Moreover, she is Vice Chair of “Against Oblivion – for Democracy.”