Trutz von Trotha-Witzenmann (16 September 1946 - 18 May 2013)
Trutz von Trotha-Witzenmann was born in Dieburg 1946. As
adopted son of Dr. Witzenmann and Ruth Witzenmann he grew up
in Pforzheim, where he spent his school years.
Trutz von Trotha-Witzenmann (16 September 1946 - 18 May 2013) Trutz von Trotha-Witzenmann was born in Dieburg 1946. As adopted son of Dr. Witzenmann and Ruth Witzenmann he grew up in Pforzheim, where he spent his school years.
He studied sociology, political science and modern history in Freiburg im Breisgau. In 1972 he graduated from the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg under Heinrich Popitz and in 1980 he completed his postdoctoral lecture qualification, also at the University of Freiburg. From 1973 to 1974 he went to the Department of Sociology at the University of California and to the Social Research Center at the Washington State University as a post Ph.D. student of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). From 1977 to 1979 Trutz von Trotha-Witzenmann was a postdoctoral scholar of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG = German Research Foundation). In 1979 he was employed by the criminal sociologist Fritz Sack as a research assistant at the Faculty of Law at the University of Hannover. From 1981 to 1987 he took over a professorship for sociology of deviant behaviour and social control at this faculty. From 1985 to 1989 he was a Heisenberg scholar of the DFG. From 1989 until his retirement in 2009 he was teaching as holder of the Chair of sociology at the University of Siegen. In 1994 he was a visiting professor at the Laboratoire d'anthropologie juridique de Paris (LAJP) of the Sorbonne University and at the same time visiting scientist at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in the Maison Suger of Paris.
Trutz von Trotha-Witzenmann's primary fields of research were political sociology and anthropology, sociology of violence and war, colonial history, legal anthropology and sociology, criminal sociology and sociology as well as social history of families and adolescents. In his scientific work he followed the close connection between sociology, anthropology and historical science. After his retirement he continued to work in research and was dealing with issues of war sociology and the development of new forms of political power and domination in particular in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In total, Trutz von Trotha-Witzenmann has published six monographs, eight works and over one hundred essays. He has (co)-organised numerous international scientific conferences. Furthermore, he was a member of the executive committee of the "Political Sociology" section of the German Sociological Association and, from 2002 to 2007, its Chairman.
Since the late 1990s, the family Trutz von Trotha-Witzenmann and the family of the deceased Michael Witzenmann-Krell have succeeded Dr. Walter as shareholders of the Witzenmann GmbH. Trutz von Trotha-Witzenmann has been active as a member of the Supervisory Board of the Witzenmann GmbH since 1998 and as Chairman since 2001. His intense work for the company has always been focused on the objective to guarantee the existence of the Witzenmann Group as an independent, prosperous family business in the long run and beyond his own life. Expanding the family business to a global company was his very special concern. He stood for the philosophy and culture of the company which is structured to persist in the long term and continuously. He was focused on his employees and open-minded.
Trutz von Trotha-Witzenmann leaves behind his wife and one son. Both have been shareholders of the Witzenmann GmbH for 15 years.