Hanno Drechsler

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Hanno Drechsler (born March 24, 1931 in Schönheide ; † January 4, 2003 in Marburg ) was a German politician ( SPD ) and Lord Mayor of Marburg from 1970 to 1992.


Hanno Drechsler completed his training as an intermediate level teacher (with the qualification for the upper level in 1955) in Saxony . In 1955 he moved to West Germany. From the winter semester 1955/56 to the winter semester 1960/61 he continued his studies at the Philipps University of Marburg in the subjects of scientific politics, history, German studies and education; In 1962 the doctorate to Dr. phil. on the history of the Socialist Workers' Party in Germany with Wolfgang Abendroth . In the following years he worked as a (senior) teacher in the university department with a teaching position for scientific policy at the Philipps University and at the then University of Education at the University of Gießen , then University of Gießen. In 1970 he was elected Lord Mayor of Marburg. He retained the office of Lord Mayor until his health-related resignation in 1992.

Drechsler has been a member of the SPD since 1956 and has held numerous party functions, including at the state and federal level. a. Membership in the board of the Hessian SPD, chairman of the Social Democratic Community for Local Politics Hesse (SGK), as well as in other bodies such as the German Association of Cities . Offers for other positions, etc. a. He always turned down the SPD candidate as Lord Mayor of Frankfurt am Main or Hessian Interior Minister.


Hanno Drechsler had been with the teacher Gisela Drechsler born in 1950. Streller (March 2, 1931 - October 19, 2008) married; their son is Wolfgang Drechsler .


For his services to local politics, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany 1st Class, the Order of Merit of the State of Hesse and the Freiherr vom Stein plaque , among others . Drechsler was also an honorary citizen of Poitiers , a twin town of Marburg. He was co-initiator of the town twinning between the two most famous cities of St. Elisabeth ( Elisabeth von Thuringia ), namely between Marburg in Hesse and Eisenach in Thuringia (1987); the partnership agreement was solemnly ratified on May 27, 1988 in the auditorium of the Philipps University in Marburg and on June 10, 1988 in the Wartburg in Eisenach. He was also awarded the Order of the Yugoslav Flag with the Golden Wreath for his services to the sisterhood with the city of Maribor . The dialogue with the former Jewish citizens of Marburg as well as the reopening of a synagogue and the resurgence of a Jewish community were also essential to him; for this he also received numerous awards.

On the occasion of his retirement, Drechsler was granted honorary citizenship of the city of Marburg on December 16, 1992 .

Grave in the main cemetery in Marburg

Today Hanno-Drechsler-Platz is a reminder of Hanno Drechsler, the southwestern "Gate to the Upper Town", which opens into the main pedestrian crossing Universitätsstraße / Gutenbergstraße, which was created under his aegis and is surrounded by renovated houses, as well as a park bench with copper beech in the castle park , donated by his employees for the 20th anniversary of their service - but especially the renovated Upper Town itself.


As a writer

  • Hanno Drechsler: The Socialist Workers' Party of Germany (SAPD). A contribution to the history of the German labor movement at the end of the Weimar Republic . Anton Hain, Meisenheim am Glan 1963; Reprint: Politladen, Hanover 1971; 2nd reprint: Junius, Hamburg 1999.

As a co-author

  • Rabbi Dr. Leopold Lucas. Marburg 1872–1943 Theresienstadt. Attempt of an appreciation , press office of the city of Marburg, Marburg 1987 (= Marburg city publications for history and culture, volume 21).
  • On the history of the synagogue and the Jewish community in Marburg . 2nd edition, press office of the city of Marburg, Marburg 1993 (= Marburg city publications for history and culture, volume 39).

As co-editor

  • Society and State: Lexicon of Politics . 10th edition, Vahlen, Munich 2003 (1st edition Signal-Verlag, Baden-Baden 1970; German Youth Book Prize).


  • Inge Auerbach (Ed.): Catalogus professorum academiae Marburgensis. The academic teachers at the Philipps University in Marburg from 1911 to 1971 . Elwert, Marburg 1979 (= publications of the Historical Commission for Hesse, Volume 15.2), q. v.
  • Erhart Dettmering (Ed.): "Everything for Marburg". A chronicle with texts, documents, articles and speeches from the 20-year term of office of Hanno Drechsler as Lord Mayor of the university town of Marburg 1970–1990 . Magistrate of the university town of Marburg, Marburg 1991 (= Marburg city publications on history and culture, Volume 33).
  • Erhart Dettmering (Ed.): Dr. Hanno Drechsler, 22 years for Marburg. Companions remember the term of office of Lord Mayor Dr. Hanno Drechsler in the Marburg town hall from 1970–1992 - A tribute on the occasion of his departure on December 16, 1992 . Rathaus-Verlag, Marburg 1995 (= Marburg city publications on history and culture, volume 50).

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