The trained lathe operator Brünen joined the German Metalworkers Association (DMV) and the SAJ in 1924 , the SPD in 1928; In 1931 he joined the SPD left-wing spin-off, SAPD , of which he and his wife Herta Brünen-Niederhellmann were one of the founders. After 1933, Brünen headed the SAPD district of Lower Rhine under the code name Komet from illegality and organized the importation of the underground newspaper Banner of Revolutionary Unity from the Netherlands. Within the SAPD, Brünen was one of the proponents of close cooperation with the IKD and the establishment of a new “fourth” international. In November 1934 Brünen was arrested by the Gestapo, severely tortured and sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for preparation for high treason , which he served in Waldheim prison until he was liberated by American soldiers in 1945 .
In 1945 Brünen rejoined the SPD, was district administrator in Dinslaken and from 1946 to 1969 city councilor in Duisburg and belonged to the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia from 1947 to 1950 and 1954 to 1961 . He was a member of the German Bundestag from 1949 to 1953 and again from 1961 to 1972. He was always directly elected in the Duisburg I constituency. In addition, Brünen was active in the working group of persecuted social democrats . Brünen was presumably skimmed off by the Ministry for State Security . There is an " IMA Gustl" process for him in the rosewood files .
- Rudolf Vierhaus , Ludolf Herbst (eds.), Bruno Jahn (collaborators): Biographical manual of the members of the German Bundestag. 1949-2002. Vol. 1: A-M. KG Saur, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-598-23782-0 , p. 105.
- Eberhard Brünen at the North Rhine-Westphalia state parliament
- Biographical note from the archive of social democracy, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
- Interview with Herta Brünen-Niederhellmann , in: Hanna Elling, Women in German Resistance: 1933-45 , Frankfurt am Main: Röderberg-Verlag, 1978 ISBN 3-87682-024-3 , pp. 78-82
- Biographical note on www.kgparl.de, accessed on April 11, 2017.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Comet (alias)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German politician (SPD), MdL, MdB|
|DATE OF BIRTH||August 8, 1906|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Duisburg|
|DATE OF DEATH||October 30, 1980|
|Place of death||Duisburg|