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Heinrich Dammann

* 03.09.1924  † 27.03.2013

"Youth is our future - we have to support and promote it" was Heinrich and Ortrud Dammann's creed.
Heinrich and Ortrud Dammann (*05.03.1924 †20.12.2014) were born in the small chalk village Söhlde situated on the eastern edge of the administrative district of Hildesheim. The childless married-couple established the Heinrich Dammann Stiftung (a church-related foundation) in the year 1991 to promote Christian and secular youth projects. In the course of the years further sub-foundations followed. Heinrich Dammann passed on his assets to the foundation.

Heinrich Dammann – as a politician from the very beginning – started his political career in 1946 when he joined the newly founded CDU. Two years later, at the age of barely 24, he got to the top of the local administration of Söhlde; from 1952 to 1960 he was a member of the executive of the Niedersächsiche Landgemeindetag (Parliament of the Rural Community of Lower Saxony). For his merits he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany on March 18th, 1980.

Furthermore, for 50 years the name Heinrich Dammann has been inseparably linked with the commercial exploitation of the raw material chalk. In May 1955 the entrepreneur and founder laid the cornerstone for the enterprise which is known as "Vereinigte Kreidewerke Dammann GmbH & Co. KG" today. It comprises the three chalk regions in Lower Saxony (Söhlde), Schleswig-Holstein (Lägerdorf) and Mecklemburg-Western Pomerania (Klementelvitz on the island of Rügen).

On March 27th, 2013, at the age of 88, Heinrich Dammann died in a Hildesheim hospital. He passed away just the way he wished to - without any life-extending measures. He wanted to be left to die. The following day, in the presence of his widow Ortrud Dammann, State Superintendent Eckhard Gorka gave him the last blessing. Then the body was transferred to Heinrich Dammann's place of birth Söhlde.

The funeral took place on April 6th, 2013. During a dignified funeral ceremony with a trombone band and bugles a large number of mourners bid good bye to Heinrich Dammann. Bright sunshine bathed the whole ceremony in a serious lightness combined with the desire for a good journey for his soul.

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