Arno Hennig

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Arno Hennig (born January 24, 1897 in Wolkau , † July 26, 1963 in Schlangenbad ) was a German SPD politician .

life and career

Arno Hennig attended elementary school and the Progymnasium in Hainichen and passed a private high school diploma. He attended the teachers' seminar in Frankenberg / Sa. and studied education, art studies and natural sciences at the University of Würzburg . From 1916 to 1928 he worked as a teacher at various types of schools. Hennig, who had already joined the SPD in 1920, had been a full-time party secretary for the SPD since 1928, especially in the greater Dresden area . After the seizure of power of the Nazis in 1933 and the subsequent banning of the SPD, he worked as a representative for science teaching aids. He was arrested several times.

After the Second World War he was first head of the department for culture and then mayor of Freital . Since November 1945 he was a member of the inner state executive committee of the SPD Saxony . In 1946 he was deposed because he was an opponent of the forced union with the KPD and fled to West Germany. There he became cultural advisor to the SPD party executive in Hanover. In the first federal election in 1949 he was elected to the German Bundestag in the constituency of Göttingen - Münden . He was deputy chairman of the Bundestag committee for cultural policy . In the federal election in 1953 he was defeated by the FDP candidate Walter Drechsel . Since he was not adequately secured with 18th place on the SPD state list, he left the Bundestag.

On December 2, 1953, he was appointed Minister for Education in Hesse as the successor to Ludwig Metzger . With the formation of a new government on January 29, 1959, he left the state government. One of his successes was supporting the establishment of the Kassel art exhibition documenta . From 1954 until his resignation on February 28, 1961, he was a member of the Hessian state parliament . Hans Reucker entered the state parliament as a successor .

In 1949 he was a member of the first and in 1959 the third Federal Assembly .

The University of Giessen awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1957 .


  • Socialist cultural policy , Hamburg 1946
  • Cultural crisis , 1947


  • Gerhard Beier : Labor movement in Hessen. On the history of the Hessian labor movement through one hundred and fifty years (1834–1984). Insel, Frankfurt am Main 1984, ISBN 3-458-14213-4 , p. 445.
  • Jochen Lengemann : The Hessen Parliament 1946–1986 . Biographical handbook of the advisory state committee, the state assembly advising the constitution and the Hessian state parliament (1st – 11th electoral period). Ed .: President of the Hessian State Parliament. Insel-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1986, ISBN 3-458-14330-0 , p. 280–281 ( [PDF; 12.4 MB ]).
  • Jochen Lengemann: MdL Hessen. 1808-1996. Biographical index (= political and parliamentary history of the state of Hesse. Vol. 14 = publications of the Historical Commission for Hesse. Vol. 48, 7). Elwert, Marburg 1996, ISBN 3-7708-1071-6 , p. 175.
  • Munzinger Internationales Biographisches Archiv 43/1963 of October 14, 1963

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Martin Broszat, Hermann Weber, Gerhard Braas: SBZ-Handbuch, 2nd edition 1993, ISBN 3486552627 , page 476
  2. ↑ Directory of Members of the 4th WP (PDF; 15 kB)