Heinrich Albertz

Heinrich Albertz (* 22. January 1915 in Breslau; † 18. May 1993 in Bremen) was a minister and a German politician (SPD). The theologian was from 1966 to 1967 a governing mayor of Berlin.

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Heinrich Albertz became to 22. January 1915 in Breslau born. After the theology study Albertz became member of the admitting church. In the third realm he was several times arrested. 1941 it was drawn in to the armed forces. To Celle he came in the summer 1945as directors/conductors of church and national refugee welfare service places.1946 it decided to the entrance into the SPD. The CDU did not want it to follow. The circumstance disturbed it that a political party stressed the Christian faith term for itself.

It workedas a “refugee minister” and worried about the integration of humans, who had lost their homeland. Additionally to its political commitment he took over the federal presidency of the workers' welfare institution (AWO) from 1949 to 1965. 1948 to 1955 Ministers for Flüchtlingswesen and social inLower Saxony.

Otto Suhr got it 1955 as a director of senate to Berlin (west).

1959 became Albertz under Willy Brandt boss of the Senatskanzlei. As Senator of the Interiors (starting from 1961) and mayor and a senator for police, security and order (starting from 1963) he belonged tothe closest coworkers and advisors of the governing mayor. It is considered as one of the fathers of the policy of detente.

Heinrich Albertz had gone through an amazing idiom in the course of its political career. Of a liberally thinking theologian it changed itself as a Senator of the Interiors of theGoverning mayor Brandt to (as one would say today) “Law and order” - a politician.

After its own choice to the governing mayor in the year 1966 however a renewed transformation began back to its original opinions with it.

This developed itself particularly inCourse of student unrests, in particular under the impression of the death by Benno Ohnesorg with the Berlin attendance of the Schahs of Persia to 2. June 1967. It doubted now increasingly in its opinions from the time as a Senator of the Interiors.

Also it ordered, differentlyas his predecessor Brandt, not over the unrestricted support in its party.

Although its party received 56.9% of the voices with the elections to the citizen of Berlin Lower House at the 12.März 1967 under its guidance still, it explained its resignation in September 1967.It had taken the responsibility for the procedures around the student demonstrations during the Schahbesuchs on itself.1970 lay down Albertz also its mandate in the citizen of Berlin Lower House.

From 1970 to 1979 it was again active as a minister in Berlin Zehlendorf. Country widely inthe headlines turned out itself it again 1975, as it in the context of the Lorenz - kidnapping ready explained to deal with the demands of the kidnappers with the prisoner exchange, which was made with agreement of the Federal Government and citizens of Berlin the senate, as a hostage to thatTo participate kidnapper.

Lorenz thereupon released.

It was engaged in the peace movement into the 1980er years. Thus it supported to 10. October 1981 in Bonn the demonstrations against the NATO double resolution.

At the 1. September 1983, the anti-war day, blocked Albertztogether with the later Saarland Prime Minister Oskar Lafontaine, which writer Heinrich Boell and several thousand demonstrators in the context of a three-day-long seat blockade the entrances of the US military depot in courage-long, which was intended of Pershing II medium-range missiles as assigned post.

Heinrich Albertz deceased to 18. May 1993 in a home for the elderly of the workers' welfare institution in Bremen.

It left his widow Ilse Albertz, with which it was married since 1939, as well as three children.


  • at the end of the way: Think about thatOlder. - Munich: Kindler, 1989. - ISBN 3-463-40115-0
  • flowers for Stukenbrock : Biographic. - Reinbek: Rowohlt, 1989. - ISBN 3-499-17772-2
  • against it lived: to be from the difficulties, a political Christian, discussions with Gerhard pure. - Reinbek:Rowohlt, 1976. - ISBN 3-499-14001-2
  • (Hg.) Christians in the democracy (together with Joachim Thomsen) to 65. Birthday of Joachim Ziegenrücker, Wuppertal 1978. - ISBN 3-872-94129-1
  • (Hg.), the ten requirements. A row with thoughts and texts. (OD. Wolfgang Erk and Jo Krummacher), 12 Bde., Stuttgart 1985ff
  • Miserere nobis : a political fair. - Munich: Knaur, 1989. - ISBN 3-426-04031-X
  • the wind turned : Thought over us Germans. - Munich: Knaur, 1993. - ISBN 3-426-80002-0


  • Jacques shoemakers: Heinrich Albertz - the man, who lived several lives : a biography. - Berlin: Firmly, 1997. - ISBN 3-8286-0015-8
  • pure hard Rohde: Heinrich Albertz and Erich Schellhaus: Two refugee politicians of the first hour; in: RainerSchulze (Hg. together with pure hard Rohde and Rainer Voss): Between homeland and at home. German refugees and refugees in (west) Germany 1945-2000; S. 126-140. - Osnabrück: secolo, 2001. - ISBN 3-929979-62-4

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