1940 Joachim Gauck is born to a captain of the merchant navy and a office clerk on the 24th of January.
1951 Gauck’s father is taken in and sentenced to two times 25 years of heavy labour for supposed anti-soviet agitation and spying. The family does not know about the trial or the deportation.
1953 Gauck and his family are informed that the father has been sent to a labour camp in Siberia.
1955 Konrad Adenauer achieves the release of about 10 000 prisoners of war, among them Gauck’s father. As a result of these experiences, Gauck and his sibblings are brought up with a strong rejection of any type of forced government.
1959 – 1965 Gauck studies theology in Rostock. He gave up his original dream to study journalism due to the situation in the GDR.
1959 Gauck marries his school friend Gerhild Radtke with whom he has four children.
1965 – 1982 Pastor in different religious communities.
1982 – 1990 Leader of the church convention work.
1988 / 1989 Participation in the public and church-initiated protest movement in Mecklenburg. Work as a civil-rights activist.
1990 Election into the Volkskammer.
1991 Seperation from Gerhild Radtke.
1990- 2000 Federal Commissioner for the Stasi archives. The administrative office is unofficially called Gauck-Behoerde as a result of his leadership.
2000 Relationship with the journalist Daniela Schadt.
2001 Host of the ‘Joachim Gauck’ show on the German public TV channel ARD.
2001 – 2004 German representative honorary member of the administration of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia organisation.
2003 – 2012 Leader of the organisation ‘Gegen Vergessen – Fuer Demokratie’ (translated ‘Against forgetting – for democracy’).
2010 First nomiation for president.
2012 Election for president on the 18th of March, exactly 22 years after the first time G