Friedhilde Krause

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Friedhilde Krause (born August 18, 1928 as Friedhilde Jonat in Serock , Poland , † September 13, 2014 in Rostock ) was a German Slavic scholar , librarian and general director of the German State Library in East Berlin (formerly the Prussian State Library ).


Krause attended secondary schools in Gnesen and after the Second World War in Wittstock / Dosse . There she graduated from high school in 1947 and became a member of the SED in the same year . At the Humboldt University in Berlin , she studied Slavic studies under Wolfgang Steinitz, as well as pedagogy and German studies, and became a research assistant at the Slavonic Department. In 1953 she went to the State Secretariat for Higher and Technical Schools in the GDR as a senior clerk for Slavic Studies, Theology and Russian . Since 1958 she has been a research assistant at the German State Library, studying library sciences on the side and was awarded a Dr. phil. PhD. From 1969 she was Deputy Director General Horst Kunze and, as his successor, became the first director of the German State Library in 1977. In 1988 she retired.

As a member of the DFD parliamentary group , she was a member of the city council of Berlin from 1976 to 1990 . After 1990 she was a member of the Leibniz Society and most recently lived in Rostock .

Publications (selection)

  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin in Berlin and as a reader of the Royal Library, today's German State Library . German State Library, Berlin 1970. 3rd edition with the title: Wladimir Iljitsch Lenin as a reader of the Royal Library of Berlin . ISBN 3-7361-0016-7 .
  • Exhibitions at the German State Library 1946–1971 . German State Library, Berlin 1971.
  • (Ed.): From the effect of the book: Festgabe for Horst Kunze on his 80th birthday, dedicated by students and friends . German State Library, Berlin 1990.
  • with Esko Häkli (ed.): Bibliophilia and book history in Finland: on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Missale Aboense . German State Library Berlin and Library Helsinki, 1988, ISBN 3-7361-0035-3 .
  • Theodor Fontane in the literary life of his time: Contributions to the Fontane Conference from June 17 to 20, 1986 in Potsdam . With a foreword by Otfried Keiler. Berlin, German State Library 1987.
  • Select, manage, serve ...: service records from Adolf von Harnack's tenure at the Royal Library, Prussian State Library 1905 to 1921 . Reichert, Wiesbaden 2001, ISBN 3-89500-231-3 .
  • (Ed.): The library of the Brothers Grimm: Annotated directory of the established holdings . Böhlau, Weimar 1989, ISBN 3-7400-0059-7 .
  • Hoecker goes for a walk too! A study of the life and activities of the library director Dr. Rudolf Hoecker . Laurentius-Verlag Dehmlow, Hannover 1997, ISBN 3-931614-09-3 .
  • with Rolf Volkmann: Max Joseph Husung: Portrait of an important binding researcher and bibliophile . Laurentius, Seelze 1993.
  • Handbook of historical book collections in Germany . Olms – Weidmann, Hildesheim / Zurich 1995 ff. Editor of vol. 19 to 22.
  • Around the library. Collected essays and studies . Reichert, Wiesbaden 1998, ISBN 3-89500-082-5 .
  • with Antonius Jammers : "This is where private circles have to help ...": the commitment of the Association of Friends to its Royal and Prussian State Libraries from 1914-1944 . Stapp, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-87776-121-2 .


  • Experienced and shaped. Memories from 80 years of life . Olms, Hildesheim / Zurich / New York, NY 2009, ISBN 978-3-487-13928-9 .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Prof. Dr. Friedhilde Krause 1928–2014 - obituary notice , online, accessed on September 23
  2. ^ Friedhilde Krause: New beginning of Slavic studies at the Berlin University. In: Klaus Steinitz, Wolfgang Kaschuba (Ed.): Wolfgang Steinitz. I was incredibly lucky. Dietz, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-320-02905-3 , pp. 108-121.
  3. Dissertation: The Slavic connections of the Royal Library in Berlin and the development of its Slavica collection from its foundation until 1871 .
  4. Candidate lists in the Berliner Zeitung of September 21, 1976, May 15, 1981 and May 13, 1986.