Preface from Björn Engholm

With the death of Kurt Hamer on 3 January 1991 the minorities in the Danish-German borderlands lost a good friend. Through his almost three decades of political activity he greatly influenced the relationship with the minorities north and south of the border.

On 1 November 1988, Kurt Hamer, in his capacity as representative for issues relating to the Danish and German minorities and for Frisian affairs, took over a task which he worked on until his death. Unfortunately, in this post he had little time left to promote his ideals and goals.

Kurt Hamer was full of ideas and assisted me in many ways. We all benefited from his great experience and knowledge, and time and again he led the way. One of his brilliant ideas was the proposal to establish a European centre for minority issues in the Danish-German borderlands - a plan the implementation of which he will not be contributing to.

Shortly before his death he wrote the enclosed memorandum, which I hereby pass on to the public as his committing legacy for a future-oriented minority policy.

Björn Engholm
Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein

Kurt Hamer

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