After attending primary school , Fest completed training as a primary school teacher at a preparatory institute . From 1916 he worked as a teacher in Berlin-Neukölln . After the First World War , the last year of which he served as a soldier, he studied philology and economics at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität from 1919 to 1922 . From 1918 to 1933 Fest was a board member of the German Center Party in Berlin. He was also a member of the Gauvorstand Berlin-Brandenburg from 1925 to 1933 and belonged to the Reichsbanner Schwarz-Rot-Gold , a non-partisan alliance to protect the republic against its enemies on the political fringes . Fest later became a district councilor in Berlin-Lichtenberg . From 1929 he was the headmaster of a Catholic school in Berlin-Lichtenberg. In April 1933 he was given leave of absence from school service by the National Socialist authorities. This was followed by the final dismissal in October and an occupational ban . He refused entry into the NSDAP , which would have improved his professional situation.
In 1944 he served in the Wehrmacht and was taken prisoner by the Soviets . After the Second World War , Fest became a member of the CDU . From 1945 to 1954 he was a district school councilor in Berlin-Tempelhof . From 1948 to 1950, Fest was a district councilor in Berlin-Neukölln . From 1950 to 1958 he was a member of the Berlin House of Representatives in the 1st and 2nd legislative periods . After leaving the House of Representatives, he was again district councilor in Berlin-Neukölln from 1958 to 1960. In 1960 he was awarded the title of City Elder of Berlin .
Fest was married. His son Joachim Fest (1926–2006) was co-editor of the FAZ from 1973 to 1993, a contemporary historian and author.
On February 5, 2014 in Berlin-Karlshorst the square at the theater facing Ehrenfelsstrasse was named 'Johannes-Fest-Platz'.
- Joachim Fest: I don't. Memories of a childhood and youth . Reinbek, Rowohlt 2006, ISBN 3-498-05305-1 .
- Werner Breunig, Siegfried Heimann , Andreas Herbst : Biographical Handbook of Berlin City Councilors and Members of Parliament 1946–1963 (= series of publications by the Berlin State Archives . Volume 14 ). Landesarchiv Berlin , Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-9803303-4-3 , p. 95 (331 pages). (Incorrect year of birth due to a number rotator).
- Biography in Pol-Lex - The Political Lexicon of the Berlin CDU
- A microenvironment of decency , September 13, 2006, Zeit Online
- Lichtenberg district office in Berlin - the square in front of the Karlshorst theater is named by Johannes Fest (1889-1960)
- Berlin: Catholic Nazi opponent is honored with a place name , kath.net, February 1, 2013
- FAZ February 6, 2014 / Regina Mönch : Even if everyone participates, I don't (p. 31)
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German politician|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 6, 1889|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Ottorowo , district of Samter|
|DATE OF DEATH||September 15, 1960|
|Place of death||Berlin|