Edwin von Drenkmann

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Edwin Waldemar Balduin Friedrich Drenkmann , from 1901 by Drenkmann , (born June 6, 1826 in Opole , Province of Silesia , † May 8, 1904 in Berlin ) was a lawyer , crown syndic and chief president of the Berlin Court of Justice .


He came from a Müller family from Calbe (Saale) (today Salzlandkreis , Saxony-Anhalt , first mentioned in 1709). On January 18, 1901, Drenkmann was raised to the Prussian nobility in Berlin . He was Protestant.

Drenkmann married Anna Licht on October 11, 1860 in Berlin (* February 2, 1833 in Berlin; † August 4, 1898 in Sellin ).

His grandson was the President of the Supreme Court, Günter von Drenkmann (1910–1974), who was murdered by terrorists . Another grandson was the officer and lieutenant general Kurt Agricola (1889–1955).


After studying in Breslau and Berlin, he was sworn in to the Prussian sovereign in 1846. In 1848 he was promoted from auscultator to trainee lawyer. In 1852 Drenkmann was appointed court assessor and assistant public prosecutor and came to Opole from his traineeship in Groß-Strehlitz . In 1853 he was transferred to Berlin and in 1856 appointed to the High Court. In 1857 he was promoted to Second Public Prosecutor and in 1862 to First Public Prosecutor at the Supreme Court. In 1865 he became a judge of appeal in Halberstadt and in 1869 a judge of the chamber judge. In 1872 he became senior tribunal councilor and in 1874 vice-president of the court of appeal in Poznan . In 1876 he became president of the appellate court in Marienwerder in Pomerania . In 1879 he became President of the Senate of the Second Criminal Senate at the Imperial Court and was awarded the Order of the Red Eagle, Second Class. In 1884 he led the trial against the assassins from the Niederwald Monument , August Reinsdorf and Emil Küchler . In 1889 he returned to the Supreme Court as chief president. From 1890 he was also crown syndic. In 1896 he was honored with the titles of Excellency and Real Privy Councilor on the anniversary of his service and a Drenkmann Foundation was established by the officials of the Chamber Court. In the last years of his life he was sick several times.

From 1890 until his death in 1904 he was a member of the Prussian manor house . He was considered unaffected, law-abiding and therefore suggested - which did not correspond to the anti-Semitic public zeitgeist - in 1892/1893 suitable assessors for the appointment of judges even if they belonged to a Jewish community. With all due respect for von Drenkmann, the Ministry of Justice did not follow these suggestions.

Edwin von Drenkmann died in Berlin in 1904 at the age of almost 78. His grave is in Cemetery II of the Jerusalem and New Churches in Berlin-Kreuzberg . The black granite grave cross has been lost, only the base still exists.


  • The high treason trial against the anarchists Reinsdorf and comrades before the Imperial Court of Leipzig in December 1884. According to stenographic transcription . IH Robolsky, Leipzig 1884.
  • S. Werner: The anarchist trial Reinsdorf and comrades negotiated before. 2nd and 3rd criminal senate of the Imperial Court of Leipzig from 15 to 22 Decbr. 1884 . Publishing house of the Leipziger Rechts-Zeitung. Werner & Comp., Leipzig 1885. Digitized
  • Hugo Friedländer : The dynamite attack at the unveiling ceremony for the Niederwald monument . In: Interesting criminal trials of cultural and historical importance , Vol. 4, Berlin 1911.
  • Thomas Ormond: Dignity of judges and loyalty to the government: service law, political activity and disciplining of judges in Prussia, Baden and Hesse 1866 - 1918. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1994, p. 588 .
  • Gothaisches Genealogisches Taschenbuch der Areligen Häuser , part B 1941, page 134, Verlag Justus Perthes, Gotha 1941
  • Acta Borussica Volume 7 (1879–1890) (PDF file; 2.83 MB)
  • Acta Borussica Volume 8 / I (1890–1900) (PDF file; 2.72 MB)
  • Acta Borussica Volume 8 / II (1890–1900) (PDF file; 2.19 MB)
  • “Personalalien” , Deutsche Juristen-Zeitung, year 9 (1904), column 489 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon , Volume 5, Leipzig 1906, p. 193. online via Zeno.org
  2. ^ Justiz-Ministerialblatt für die Prussische Leggebung und Rechtspflege, Volume 10 (1848), p. 327 He was transferred 1 ½ months later by the Higher Regional Court of Breslau to Ratibor, Official Gazette of the Royal Government of Breslau from November 15, 1848, p. 473 from which he came in May, Official Gazette of the Royal Government of Breslau, 1848, p. 236 .
  3. ^ Justice Ministerialblatt for Prussian Legislation and Justice, Volume 14 (1852), p. 157 ;
  4. ^ Deutsche Juristen-Zeitung Volume 1 (1896), p. 418 .
  5. ^ Hans-Jürgen Mende : Lexicon of Berlin burial places . Pharus-Plan, Berlin 2018, ISBN 978-3-86514-206-1 , p. 231.