Hans Koschnick

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Hans Koschnick

Hans Koschnick (born 2 April 1929 in Bremen) is a German politician (SPD) and elder statesman. He was the President of the Senate and Mayor of the German city-state Free Hanseatic City of Bremen from 1967 to 1985 and afterwards served as a member of the Bundestag, the German federal parliament, from 1987 to 1998. Between 1994 and 1996, Koschnick was the EU administrator of Mostar.[1]

Early years[edit]

Koschnick grew up in the Gröpelingen neighborhood of Bremen. His childhood was shaped by his parents' activism. His father, who was a trade unionist and official of the Revolutionäre Gewerkschafts-Opposition, was arrested on the evening of 1 May 1933, the day before the Nazis stormed union offices all over Germany. He was charged with high treason for having organized a May Day rally and made a speech and was sent to a zuchthaus and then Sachsenhausen concentration camp, before being released "on leave" in 1938. In 1943, he was drafted into military service and the next year, sent to Finland.

His mother was arrested for acting as a courier between several German Resistance groups and spent one year. She refused to join the German Labour Front (DAF) and "learn" the Hitler greeting, causing her to frequently lose her job until she finally secured a position as a sugared goods sales clerk and was relatively removed from DAF spot checks. These interruptions were combined with constant absences, so Koschnick grew up with his grandparents.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brief biography and timeline Bremen Online. Retrieved August 13, 2011 (German)
Political offices
Preceded by
Willy Dehnkamp
Mayor of Bremen
1967–1985
Succeeded by
Klaus Wedemeier