The Xunta de Galicia expresses his sorrow for the death of the Professor Robert Plotz, an outstanding investigator and promoter of the Way of St. James and member of the International Committee of Experts about the Way.
Dr. Robert Georg Plötz, born on July 18, 1942 in Nürnberg, he studied German Studies, History, Philosophy, Ethnology and Sports Pedagogy at the University of Würzburg (1963-1969). He worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of German Studies and Ethnology in the same University.
From 1971 to 1977 he held the post of Lecturer in German at the Universidad de Oviedo (Asturias). From 1979 to 2007 he held the post of Director of “Niederrheinsches Museum für Volkskunde und Kulturgeschichte en Kevelaer” (Lower Rhineland).
From 2008 to 2013 he worked as Professor of the History of Franconia (Chair of Medieval History) at the University of Würzburg. He participated in many summer courses and congresses in Europe and the United States.
He has numerous publications on the history of popular culture and traditions, but above all studies on pilgrims and pilgrimages. He was the President of the Deutsche St. Jakobus-Gesellschaft (1987-2012) for 25 years.
In 1999 he received the gold medal of the city of Santiago de Compostela, in 2002 the silver medal of the Xunta de Galicia and in 2004 the Merit Cross of Germany.