Karl Vesper

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Memorial plaque, Hummelstrasse 7, in Berlin-Mahlsdorf

Karl Vesper (born May 17, 1883 in Berlin ; † November 27, 1933 there ) was a German communist and resistance fighter against National Socialism .


Vesper was a trained fitter . During the First World War he fought as a soldier in the German army and was seriously wounded. After the end of the war, Vesper became involved in the International Union of War Victims and joined the KPD in 1925 .

Vesper actively fought against the takeover of power by the NSDAP with the distribution of leaflets and he organized the printing of “illegal” posters in the Lichtenberg district . He was arrested in November 1933. During interrogation by the Gestapo , he was interned in the Columbia House , where he was murdered on November 27, 1933.

His urn was later buried in the memorial of the socialists (urn collecting grave by the large porphyry memorial plaque on the right side of the curtain wall) in Berlin's Friedrichsfelde central cemetery.


In the GDR, Karl Vesper was honored as an anti-fascist and resistance fighter.

  • The Berlin magistrate declared Vespers a victim of fascism .
  • In the 1950s, a memorial plaque was attached to his former home at Briesener Weg 170 in Mahlsdorf . This board disappeared in the course of the change .
  • In memory of Vesper, a street in the Fennpfuhl development area was named after him on July 13, 1962 .

In Berlin-Mahlsdorf , a memorial stone for Karl Vesper as well as for Johann Przybilla and Arthur Weisbrodt was unveiled on January 7, 2010 on Hummelplatz near the Mahlsdorf S-Bahn station .

Web links

Commons : Karl Vesper  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Remembrance of persecution and resistance on the Mahlsdorf Hummelplatz