Kate Strobel

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Käte Strobel with Franz Josef Zebisch 1968

Käte Strobel (born July 23, 1907 in Nuremberg , as Käte Müller ; † March 26, 1996 ibid) was a German politician ( SPD ). She was Federal Minister of Health from 1966 to 1969 and Federal Minister of Youth, Family and Health from 1969 to 1972 .

Life and work

Käte Strobel was the fourth of seven children of the shoemaker and later city councilor Fritz Müller and his wife Anna, a trained cook. After attending elementary and business school, she completed a commercial training at the regional association for fruit and horticulture. From 1923 to 1935 she worked there as a commercial clerk, from 1935 to 1939 as an accountant.

In 1928 she married the typesetter and later master book printer Hans Strobel. Her husband was also involved with the Social Democrats. In 1934 he was convicted of preparing for high treason and interned for two and a half years in the Dachau concentration camp . He later took part in a punitive battalion in World War II and was taken prisoner of war in Yugoslavia , from which he returned in 1946.

In 1938 and 1941 Strobel gave birth to her daughters Traudel and Ilse (later city councilor in Nuremberg).

After the end of her active political career, Käte Strobel lived in Nuremberg, where she died in 1996. Her grave is in the south cemetery .

Political party

Käte Strobel was already active in social democracy in her youth. So from 1921 she got involved in the socialist youth movement and from 1924 she was a member of the children's friends movement , a forerunner organization of the socialist youth of Germany - Die Falken . In the children's friends , they soon rose to the state chairman on, was in 1932 a member of the national leadership and retained this position until the ban on the organization by the Nazis in the year 1933rd

From 1925 until the ban in 1933, she belonged to the SPD. After the end of the war she got involved in the rebuilding of the party in Franconia and Bavaria and from 1946 onwards she chaired the SPD women's groups in Franconia. In addition, she was deputy chairwoman of the Franconian district association of the SPD and a member of the state committee of the Bavarian SPD.

In 1961 and 1965 she was part of Willy Brandt's government team in the event of a victory in the federal elections . From 1958 to 1971 she was a member of the federal executive committee of the SPD and from 1966 to 1970 belonged to the presidium of the party. Then she worked in the SPD Federal Arbitration Commission and as chairwoman of the SPD senior citizens' council.


From 1949 to 1972, Käte Strobel was a member of the German Bundestag . Elected in 1949 , 1953 and 1957 via the Bavarian State List, she was a directly elected member of the Nuremberg constituency from 1961 , where she last received 47.1% of the first votes.

From February 27, 1958 to January 26, 1967 she was also a member of the European Parliament , where she served as Vice-President from March 1962 to March 1964. From March 1964 to January 1967 Strobel was chairman of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament.

From 1972 to 1978, after the end of her membership in the Bundestag, she was a member of the Nuremberg City Council.

Public offices

On December 1, 1966, she was appointed Federal Minister of Health in the federal government of the grand coalition led by Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger . One of her concerns was sexual education , for example through the publication of the Sexualkunde Atlas and the production and showing of the educational film Helga .

After the federal election in 1969 she was appointed Federal Minister for Youth, Family and Health in the federal government headed by Willy Brandt . After the 1972 federal election , she left the federal government on December 15, 1972.


She was awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit in 1962. In 1969 she received the Great Cross of Merit with Star and in 1972 the Great Cross of Merit with Star and Shoulder Ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1980 she was the first and so far only woman to be granted honorary citizenship of her hometown Nuremberg. A street in Nuremberg is named after her. The “Käte-Strobel-Wanderweg” in Gummersbach-Oberrengse and the local Friends of Nature / Family Holiday Center, which she inaugurated, also bears her name.


"Politics is far too serious a matter to be left to men alone."


Web links

Commons : Käte Strobel  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. News in the Käte Strobel House of Friends of Nature . Friends of Nature House Käte Strobel. Retrieved June 7, 2017.