Freda Wuesthoff

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Freda Wuesthoff (born May 16, 1896 in Berlin as Freda Hoffmann ; † November 5, 1956 in Munich ) was a German patent attorney and pacifist . She was one of the co-founders of the organized peace movement in Germany.

Grave of Freda Wuesthoff and her husband Franz in the Bogenhausen cemetery in Munich


Freda Hofmann came from a middle-class Berlin family; she graduated from high school in 1914. She then studied physics , chemistry and mathematics and did her doctorate in Munich. In 1924 she headed the physical department of the Institute for the Sugar Industry . Together with her fiancé, Franz Wuesthoff , she then trained as a patent attorney, which she successfully completed in 1927. This made her the first woman to become a patent attorney in Germany. Together with Franz Wuesthoff, she founded the patent law firm Wuesthoff & Wuesthoff in Berlin in 1927, whose office they also relocated to Munich after the German Patent Office moved in 1949. The law firm specialized in plant variety protection , i. H. Property rights for new plants.

At the time of National Socialism she was not allowed to pursue her professional activity as a so-called "half-Jewish". The dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki made them work for peace. The doctor of physics warned the German public about the dangers of nuclear energy . She founded the "Stuttgarter Friedenskreis", in which she gathered like-minded women from all over Germany. The Friedenskreis campaigned for peacebuilding, drafted peace articles for the constitutions of some federal states and the Basic Law and drafted a work program for peace in German schools. Wuesthoff works u. a. together with: Agnes von Zahn-Harnack , Elly Heuss-Knapp , Marie Elisabeth Lüders , Gertrud Bäumer and Theanolte Bähnisch . The latter founded the German Women's Ring in 1949 , in which Wuesthoff was responsible, first as head of the "Peace Commission", then as its official advisor for nuclear issues. In this capacity she was a member of the federal government's radiation protection commission until the end. In addition, Freda Wuesthoff was also active again in her profession, u. a. in various commissions for commercial legal protection.

Freda Wuesthoff died on November 5, 1956 in Munich of an embolism as a result of a severe arm fracture. She is buried in the Bogenhausen cemetery .


  • 1957: Atomic Energy and Peace (with Franz Wuesthoff)
  • 1957: There is no more time to lose (with O. Maier)
  • 1958: We have a choice (with Franz Wuesthoff)


The Freda-Wuesthoff-Weg in Munich-Bogenhausen is named after Freda Wuesthoff . There is also the Freda-Wuesthoff-Weg named after her in Freiburg im Breisgau and the Freda-Wuesthoff-Strasse in Lemgo.


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Individual evidence

  1. Wuesthoff & Wuesthoff: History