According to the Federal Court of Justice, the widow of the former Chancellor Helmut Kohl is not entitled to any compensation that was once awarded to the former Chancellor.
A compensation of one million euros once awarded to Helmut Kohl does not go to the widow of the former chancellor.
Such a claim is fundamentally not inheritable, the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) decided on Monday.
The Karlsruhe judges confirmed a judgment of the Cologne Higher Regional Court (OLG) from 2018. It is therefore legally binding.
Only one constitutional complaint is now possible.
(Az. VI ZR 248/18 etc.)
The author and publisher of the bestseller “Legacy: The Kohl Protocols”, which Kohl's ghostwriter Heribert Schwan wrote after a falling out without his consent, should figures. It contains content from long, trusting conversations that took place at a time when Schwan was still working on Kohl's memoir. Because of violated personal rights, the Cologne Regional Court awarded Kohl one million euros in 2017, just a few weeks before his death. Maike Kohl-Richter continued the legal dispute as sole heir.
The BGH partially overturned a second decision, which concerns 116 currently forbidden text passages.
The judges declared some of the quotations admissible.
The OLG has to re-examine other passages.
Both judgments were formally issued as so-called partial judgments.
Because the also sued co-author Tilman Jens has died in the meantime, the legal dispute with his heirs is currently interrupted.