Bernhard Goering

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Bernhard Göring as a speaker in 1946, between Hans Jendretzky (left) and Otto Grotewohl

Bernhard Göring (born November 21, 1897 in Berlin , † December 1, 1949 in Dresden ) was a German resistance fighter against National Socialism and a politician.

As a clerk he joined the SPD and the Central Association of clerks in 1916 . From 1921 he was a functionary in white-collar unions and personal advisor to Siegfried Aufhäuser , the chairman of the working group of the free employee associations ( AfA-Bund ), at the same time he was active in the union of religious socialists in Germany , whose last chairman he was until it was eliminated in 1933.

From March 1933 Göring headed the illegal resistance group of the AfA-Bund in Berlin and used, for example, the relaxation of border controls during the Olympic Games in 1936 to travel illegally to Copenhagen and to report the situation in Germany to representatives of the International of Employees' Unions. He was also involved in the socialist resistance group New Beginning . From 1938 he headed almost all circles of the illegal employee movement. Between 1937 and 1940 he was arrested several times, charged in 1937 with “preparing for high treason”, but not convicted with the help of a few friends.

In 1945 Göring played a leading role in the reconstruction of the SPD and the trade unions and supported the unification of the SPD and KPD . When the SED was founded, he became a member of the party executive committee and from February 1946 worked full-time as the second chairman of the FDGB .

Göring died of a heart attack on the night of December 1 to December 2, 1949, on his way back from a union school in Saxony.

In Leipzig, a street is named after Bernhard Göring.


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