Karl Hipler

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Karl Hipler (born April 23, 1905 in Hamburg , † September 25, 1971 in Rostock ) was a German communist , participant in the resistance against the Nazi regime in Hamburg and a functionary of the SED in Rostock.


Hipler, son of a working-class family, joined the Socialist Workers' Youth at the age of 14 . As a youth he took part in the Hamburg uprising in 1923.

In 1925 he joined the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) and in 1926 the Red Front Fighter League . He attended a technical college for shipbuilding and mechanical engineering and worked at the Blohm & Voss shipyard until August 1930 . There he was released for organizing an anti-war strike.

After the " seizure of power " by the National Socialists, Hipler took part in the communist resistance. He was arrested in 1933. After being arrested again in 1937 he was fifteen years prison sentenced. He was imprisoned in the Fuhlsbüttel police prison and in the penitentiaries of Rendsburg , Hamburg and Bremen .

After his liberation in Bremen on May 8, 1945, he worked, among other things, in the committee of former political prisoners and in the secretariat of the Association of Victims of the Nazi Regime (VVN) as head of the search and registration service. Because of his work for the VVN, he came into conflict with West German authorities and moved to the GDR in 1952 to avoid possible arrest.

In Rostock he exercised various functions, including as secretary for economics in the city leadership of the SED and as party secretary in the Rostock fish combine .


According to him, in Rostock development area was Lichtenhagen the Karl-Hipler street named. After the fall of the Wall in 1991, it was named Ratzeburger Strasse .