Hans Kies

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Hans Kies (in the middle, 1965) with Johanna Grotewohl and Otto Nagel

Hans Kies (born December 4, 1910 in Kolberg , † June 4, 1984 in Berlin ) was a German sculptor and politician ( KPD , SED ).


After attending primary school in Berlin, Hans Kies learned the trade of machinist . As a worker he attended evening school and belonged to a circle of worker draftsmen. In 1926 he became a member of the German Metalworkers' Association . He later joined the Revolutionary Trade Union Opposition . He became a member of the KPD in 1929.

From 1931 Hans Kies studied at the United State Schools for Free and Applied Arts (later the State University for Fine Arts ) in Berlin-Charlottenburg . He finished his studies in 1939. He then went to the military , did his service from 1940 to 1945 and then went to Usedom , where he was mayor of Zinnowitz from 1945 to 1950 . He also worked as a freelance artist, from 1950 freelance . In 1958 he became a city ​​councilor for Berlin .

Hans Kies belonged to the artist collective that created the monuments in the Buchenwald concentration camp from 1955 to 1958 . In 1960 he erected the “Red Sailor” memorial at the cemetery of those who fell in March in Berlin-Friedrichshain , which is intended to commemorate those who fell in the 1918 November Revolution. He also created the Karl Marx Memorial in Alt-Stralau from 1964. In Schwerin in 1965 he created the relief for the “Memorial to Deserved Fighters for Democracy and Socialism”. From 1964 to 1968 he was a circle leader in the house of young talents in Berlin and in the culture house of the automobile manufacturers in Ludwigsfelde . From 1969 he became a lecturer at the Berlin-Weißensee School of Art .

Hans Kies belonged to the presidium of the Association of Visual Artists of the GDR and was chairman of the Berlin district committee.


Hans Kies was awarded the Patriotic Order of Merit in bronze.



  • Gabriele Baumgartner, Dieter Hebig (Hrsg.): Biographisches Handbuch der SBZ / DDR. 1945–1990. Volume 1: Abendroth - Lyr. KG Saur, Munich 1996, ISBN 3-598-11176-2 , pp. 388-389.

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