Karl Höhnel

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Karl Höhnel (born December 22, 1900 , † January 25, 1984 in Leipzig ) was a German archivist . From 1961 to 1969 he was director of the Leipzig State Archives .


Höhnel completed a commercial apprenticeship and a partial legal degree in Prague . He then worked in banking in the former Sudetenland .

After the Second World War he was a teacher for a short time and worked in his commercial profession. In 1946 he became a member of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED). Finally, he took part in the first course in archival science at the Institute for Archival Studies in Potsdam . From 1953 to 1961 he was deputy head of the GDR State Archives Administration and head of the organization, guidance and control department. From 1956 to 1958 he represented Otto Meier, who was ill, as managing director. From the beginning of 1961 to 1969 he was director of the Leipzig State Archives. He was temporarily a member of the central board of the science union in the FDGB . In 1967 Höhnel was involved in the formation of the "Central Office for Genealogy in the GDR" as an independent institution. In 1979 he also took part in the founding meeting of the Leipziger Kulturbund-Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genealogie (from which the Leipziger Genealogische Gesellschaft emerged in 1991 ).



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