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Johannes Fest (born February 6, 1889 in Ottorowo , Samter district , † September 15, 1960 in West Berlin ) was a German politician .


Ehrengrab , Röblingstrasse 91, in Berlin-Tempelhof

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'.


Web links

Commons : Johannes Fest  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. Lichtenberg district office in Berlin - the square in front of the Karlshorst theater is named by Johannes Fest (1889-1960)
  2. Berlin: Catholic Nazi opponent is honored with a place name ,, February 1, 2013
  3. FAZ February 6, 2014 / Regina Mönch : Even if everyone participates, I don't (p. 31)