Carola von Braun

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Carola von Braun (born September 12, 1942 in Nakuru , Kenya ) is a German politician of the FDP and women's rights activist .


Carola von Braun is the daughter of Hildegard Beck-Margis and the former UN and France Ambassador and State Secretary in the Foreign Office, Sigismund von Braun (1911–1998). She was born in Kenya, where her family was interned in a British camp with diplomatic families from other countries. Her uncle was the rocket engineer Wernher von Braun , her sister is the cultural scientist Prof. Christina von Braun . Her grandmother Hildegard Margis died in Barnimstrasse women's prison after she was arrested because of her resistance in connection with the group around Anton Saefkow and Franz Jacob .

From 1979 to 1981 von Braun was chairwoman of the FDP district parliamentary group in the Rhein-Sieg district and from 1980 to 1983, as a member of the German Bundestag, she was the spokesperson for education and cultural policy for the FDP parliamentary group. 1984–1990 she was the first women's representative in the Berlin Senate . Then she became state chairman of the FDP.

In the Berlin election in 1990 she was the top candidate of the FDP. In this election, the FDP returned to the Berlin House of Representatives and von Braun became a member of the House of Representatives, where she was also elected parliamentary group leader.

From 1982 to 1992 she was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation .

1986-1994 she was a member of the federal executive committee of the FDP. 1991-1994 she was a member of the Federal Presidium of the FDP.

In 1994 she gave up the state chairmanship of the FDP and then the parliamentary group chairmanship. At the same time she also finished the parliamentary work. The reason was their involvement in the so-called "Figaro affair". At the time, the faction's internal auditors accused her of having settled private flight and taxi expenses as well as hairdresser's bills through the FDP faction fund. Due to a lack of factual and legal evidence, the criminal investigation was discontinued by order of the public prosecutor's office at the Berlin Regional Court on September 26, 1994. The Berlin State Audit Office also had nothing to complain about about the Brauns' behavior.

She has two sons from her first marriage. She is married to the lawyer Jürgen Colsman in her second marriage.


In 1992, Carola von Braun initiated the non-partisan women's initiative Berlin - City of Women e. V. (Üpfi), an alliance of committed women from the Berlin House of Representatives, the Berlin state government, the trade unions, from science, culture and other areas of public life that works across parliamentary groups. She is their board spokeswoman.



  • Werner Breunig, Andreas Herbst (ed.): Biographical handbook of the Berlin parliamentarians 1963–1995 and city councilors 1990/1991 (= series of publications of the Berlin State Archives. Volume 19). Landesarchiv Berlin, Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-9803303-5-0 , p. 104 f.
  • Carola Freifrau von Braun , in: Internationales Biographisches Archiv 35/1994 from August 22, 1994, in the Munzinger Archive ( beginning of article freely available)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Michael L. Müller: The good side of the "Figaro affair". In: Welt Online . May 6, 2003, accessed December 8, 2018 .
  2. AZ 74 Js 6/94
  3. Non-partisan women's initiative: How it all began. In: Retrieved December 8, 2018 .
  4. Carola von Braun is honored with the Louise Schroeder Medal. Berlin House of Representatives , February 11, 2015, accessed on May 22, 2019 .