Hermann Boddin

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Hermann (Karl Wilhelm) Boddin (born May 16, 1844 in Gransee ; † July 23, 1907 in Rixdorf ) was a German local politician. From 1874 to 1899 he was the mayor of the community and from 1899 until his death the first mayor or lord mayor of Rixdorf near Berlin . Rixdorf forms the core of today's Berlin district of Neukölln and its district of the same name.


Boddin took over his position as community leader when the two places Deutsch-Rixdorf and Böhmisch-Rixdorf were merged in 1874, when the new community had around 15,000 inhabitants. By 1899 - Boddin's 25th anniversary in office - the population had grown to over 90,000. On April 1, 1899 Rixdorf, which received at this time - for the most - viewed administratively village had grown in Germany, the city charter . With this, Boddin rose to the rank of mayor, and on his 30th anniversary in office he was finally awarded the title of First Mayor in 1904 and then advanced to the position of Lord Mayor . He held this office until his death.

Rixdorf enjoyed a somewhat dubious reputation as an entertainment district in Berlin and the surrounding area; This is evidenced by the consciously ambiguous couplet In Rixdorf ist Musike, which is still known today . Boddin therefore made it his concern to rename the city, which, however, could only be approved personally by Kaiser Wilhelm II at the time. An ulterior motive here was to be able to move the "better-off" people to the newly built housing estates with the - hoped for - associated raising of the image. The suggested name "Hermannstadt" testifies to Boddin's influence in the community.

Even if it did not come to that - the "highest" approval for the renaming of Rixdorf was not issued until January 1912 - Boddin's name is still present in today's Neukölln.

Honorary grave of Hermann Boddins

Since Boddin invested in the large-scale development of new residential areas for “his” community with private funds, the assessment of his commitment in the light of modern administrative ethics is problematic.


The city administration honored Boddin while he was still alive by naming Platz IVa and the previous Planstrasse Strasse 209a on February 6, 1903 and March 6, 1903, respectively, as Boddinplatz and Boddinstrasse. Later, a subway station and a school also got his name. His grave in the state-owned cemetery Britz I in the district of Britz is a grave of honor of the city of Berlin reported. Towards the end of the 20th century Neuköllner administration also left a Berlin memorial plaque at City Hall Neukölln attach.

Individual evidence

  1. Boddinstrasse. In: Street name lexicon of the Luisenstädtischer Bildungsverein (near  Kaupert ). Boddinstrasse . In: Berliner Adreßbuch , 1935, part 4, p. 1740.
  2. Boddinstrasse. In: Street name lexicon of the Luisenstädtischer Bildungsverein (near  Kaupert )