Ingo Warnke

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Ingo Warnke (* 1942 in Pomerania (then West Prussia )) is the founder of the Synanon Foundation in Berlin together with his then wife Irene Warnke .

Warnke moved to West Germany in 1949. He graduated from high school in North Hesse in 1962. He then began studying psychology at the FU Berlin , but interrupted it because of his drug addiction . Because of the criminalization of drug addicts and fear of drug death , he and his wife, who was also addicted, fled to their parents in Hagen. Both releases soon joined Heidelberg and lived there in a house community. Influenced by the report of the American sociologist Lewis Yablonsky about Synanon , they demanded drug freedom for the lower floor of the house, which led to the split in the Heidelberger-Release group, which had originally accepted drug use. The Warnkes then returned to Berlin, founded in 1971, now drug abstinent, together with three other ex-users Release Berlin e. V. , which became Synanon International in 1975 and finally the Synanon Foundation in 1999 . A year later Ingo and Irene Warnke had to leave Synanon , where they held management positions, because wrong organizational and commercial decisions had endangered the existence of the organization.

Ingo Warnke was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit in 1986 and the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin in 1987 .

Individual evidence

  1. Biographical information is based on an interview from April 27, 2010, printed in: Franz Christian Lucke and Ferdinand JCM van Koolwijk, The Successful Idealist. Idealism on New Ways , Bertelsmann, Bielefeld 2010, ISBN 978-3-7639-4688-4 , pp. 141–150.
  2. ^ Lewis Yablonsky The tunnel back. Synanon , Macmillan, New York 1965; Translated into German ten years later by Wolfgang Krege with the advice of Ingo Warnke: Synanon. Self-help of addicts and criminals , Klett, Stuttgart 1975, ISBN 3-12-908830-X .
  3. ^ Martin Schmid: Drug Aid in Germany. Origin and development 1970-2000 , Campus, Frankfurt am Main 2003, p. 134.
  4. ^ Franz Christian Lucke and Ferdinand JCM van Koolwijk: The successful idealist. Idealism on new ways , Bertelsmann, Bielefeld 2010, ISBN 978-3-7639-4688-4 , p. 141.