Leipzig (Germany) in Lyon in February 2014

from 5 to 6 February 2014

logo de la ville Leipzig, Allemagne

Visit confirmed.

Venue for the visit:

Lyon (France)

Topics of the meeting:
  • Culture,
  • Social cohesion.
This visit relates to:
  • the partner city of Lyon:

Lyon welcomed the first mayor of Leipzig elected after German reunification (1990-1998) from 5 to 6 February 2014.


On February 5th and 6th, 2014, Mr. Hinrich Lehmann-Grube was in Lyon, along with Dr. Frieder Meyer Krahmer (former Secretary of State for the Federal Government of Germany's Ministry of Education and Research) to participate in a conference held at the Center for the History of the Resistance and Deportation (CHRD) on the topic of "German and French Resistance against Nazism in Lyon and Leipzig". The two cities were both theaters of resistance action.

Leipzig's history was marked by Carl Friedrich Goerdeler, mayor of the city before the advent of the Third Reich and an opponent of Hitler. At the time in Germany, he was one of the rare politicians to be openly against the Nazi party. On several occasions, he helped Jewish businessmen in Leipzig who were victims of economic restrictions.

When the Nazis destroyed the monument to the German-Jewish composer Felix Mendelssohn, Mayor Goerdeler tried to have it rebuilt. He participated in the attempt to assassinate Hitler on July 20, 1944, and paid for it with his life.

Dr. Friedrich Meyer is the grandson of this mayor and will be in Lyon for the CHRD conference to discuss acts of resistance by this heroic individual.


Juliette Cantau

Métropole de Lyon - Economic development, employment and knowledge delegation

chargée de mission partenariats internationaux