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Maike Kohl-Richter: Widow does not receive millions in compensation in the dispute over quotes


Defeat for Maike Kohl-Richter before the Federal Court of Justice: The widow of the former chancellor has no claim to payment in the dispute with the memoir writer Heribert Schwan over book quotations.

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Maike Kohl-Richter

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Maike Kohl-Richter does not receive compensation amounting to millions in years of legal dispute over alleged statements made by the late former Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) in Karlsruhe rejected their corresponding claim on Monday.

Kohl-Richter had asked for five million euros.

The dispute over the money is part of a whole series of legal disputes between Kohl's widow and sole heir Maike Kohl-Richter and his former ghostwriter Heribert Schwan.

The journalist and historian had written his memoirs for Kohl and spent hundreds of hours in talks with the long-time CDU Chancellor.

But before the fourth and final volume, the two men fell out.

In 2014, Schwan published the book "Legacy: The Kohl Protocols" on his own initiative.

It also became a bestseller because it contained some hearty statements by Kohl about numerous well-known personalities - which Kohl had never released for publication.

Because of violated personal rights, the Cologne district court awarded the 87-year-old one million euros in 2017 - the highest compensation in German legal history.

Just a few weeks later, before Kohl's death, the judgment was no longer legally binding.

as / dpa / AFP

Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2021-11-29

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