Rudolf Wissell

Rudolf Wissell (* 9. March 1869 in Goettingen; † 13. December 1962 in Berlin) was a realm minister of economics and realm employment minister for the SPD in the Weimar Republic.

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and occupation after the attendance of the citizen school in Bremen until 1887 teachings as turner and a machine-builder. Subsequently, it was as a machine-builder first in Bremen and afterwards until 1901 as with the imperial torpedo workshop and with Bohn and bald in Kiel actively. 1888 he becomes a chairman of the specialized association of the fitters and machine-builder, who follow 1890 the German Metallarbeiter-Verband. From 1901 to 1908 he was a union official in Luebeck. Starting from 1908 Wissell was member of the central worker secretariat of the trade unionsin Berlin. Since 1916 he worked sideline as an editor for the SPD organ “forward”.

As second chairmen of the general commission of the trade unions it exerts itself during the November revolution 1918 for agreements with the employers and against a soviet republic. As recognized social politicians was it from 1919 until 1924 member of the board of the ADGB. From 1924 to 1932 it was active as mandatory mediators in Berlin and Brandenburg with wage bargainings. 1933 are arrested Wissell for two months and live thereafter until 1945 in the internal emigration in Berlin.

Wissell was married since 1891and had five children. It was bestattet in an honour grave place citizens of Berlin of the senate on the Kirchhof of the Evangelist church municipality to the holy cross in Berlin beautiful mountain.

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Rudolf Wissell joined 1888 of the SPD, where it is counted to the right party wing. After 1945 takes partit itself at the reconstruction of the citizens of Berlin SPD. It fights thereby against a combination with the KPD.


from 1905 to 1908 was Wissel member of the citizenry in Luebeck. With a by-election in March 1918 it becomes in the constituency Niederbarnim inReichstag of the empire selected.1919 /20 it belongs to that Weimar national assembly on and from 1920 to 1933 was again it a realm tag delegate.

public offices

as well as Gustav Noske he came to the resignation of the USPD - members to 29. December 1918 into the advice of the people-assigned. From February to July 1919 Rudolf Wissel was a first minister of economics of the republic and occurred for one „in favor of the community according to plan operated and socially controlled national economy “. Thus it remained unsuccessful and withdrew.

In the years 1928 -1930 belonged to Wissell as a realm employment minister to the cabinet so mentioned of the personalities under Hermann Mueller. In view of the world economic crisis it advances toward the strike movement.


1929 Wissell receives to the University of Kiel.

1949 are appointed Wissell the honour citizen of Berlin and receive 1954 the large Order of Merit. After it are designated the Rudolf Wissel bridge in Berlin Charlottenburg, which is with 960 meters the longest road bridge Berlin, the Rudolf Wissell settlement from the 1970er years in Berlin Staaken, and the Rudolf Wissell primary school in Berlin Wedding.


  • Rudolf Wissell: The oldHandicraft right and habit. Berlin 1929, 2 volumes (history of the German handicraft)


  • Michael cutter; Rudolf Wissell (1869-1962). Sociopolitical Portraits, in: Quarter writing for social right. Jg. 1978, number 1/2.

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