Helga Korthaase

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Helga Korthaase, 2019

Helga Korthaase (born August 24, 1938 in Mannheim ), née Frost , today's married name Borghorst , is a former German politician ( SPD ) and State Secretary in the State of Berlin .


Helga Frost is the daughter of a boatman of the Merchant Marine born in Mannheim, where the family in 1941 was bombed . She grew up in East Frisia and graduated from the Ulrichsgymnasium in Norden in 1957 . From 1959 she completed an apprenticeship as a medical-technical assistant (MTA) in the Lette-Verein in Berlin-Schöneberg . In 1972 she took an examination at the Berlin State College to become a senior X-ray assistant. Her first marriage was the political scientist Werner Korthaase (1937-2008), who was a member of the Berlin House of Representatives and director of the Neukölln Adult Education Center . Helga Korthaase worked until 1991 as head X-ray assistant at the Evangelical Hospital Hubertus, where she was chairwoman of the works council.

Korthaase has two grown daughters and has been married to the SPD politician Hermann Borghorst since 1997 .


Helga Korthaase joined the SPD in 1961. In the Berlin election in 1971 she was elected to the district council in the Wilmersdorf district and chaired the health committee there. In the 1981 election she was elected to the Berlin House of Representatives and a short time later deputy parliamentary group leader. In March 1984 she founded the new gender equality office of the SPD parliamentary group, which she took over as head until 1989. After the 1990 election , Korthaase was appointed State Secretary by the new Senator Christine Bergmann , and at the same time she also became the State Women's Commissioner of the Berlin Senate . In November 1999 she asked to be released for health reasons; Senator Gabriele Schöttler approved this step. Her successor as State Secretary was Ingeborg Junge-Reyer .

Korthaase was a long-time member of the German Employees' Union (DAG), later the United Service Union (Ver.di).

voluntary work

  • 1999 to 2002: Chairwoman of the Berlin Women's Council
  • Chair of the "Association for the Help of Addicted Women eV"


  • In 1999 the Lord Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luschkow , awarded Korthaase the certificate of honor of the city of Moscow “For the great contribution in the development and consolidation of the cooperation between Berlin and Moscow”.


  • Werner Breunig, Andreas Herbst (ed.): Biographical handbook of the Berlin parliamentarians 1963–1995 and city councilors 1990/1991 (= series of publications of the Berlin State Archives. Volume 19). Landesarchiv Berlin, Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-9803303-5-0 , p. 218.

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