Katharina Focke

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Katharina Focke (1975)

Elsbeth Charlotte Katharina Focke (born Friedlaender ; born October 8, 1922 in Bonn ; † July 10, 2016 in Cologne ) was a German politician ( SPD ). From 1972 to 1976 she was Federal Minister for Youth, Family and Health .


Katharina Focke was the daughter of the publicist and European politician Ernst Friedlaender and the doctor Franziska Schulz. From 1931 to 1934 Katharina Friedlaender lived with her family in Switzerland, then from 1934 to 1946 in Liechtenstein. In 1946 she passed the Abitur at the Fridericianum in Davos . She then completed a degree in economics at the University of Zurich and a teaching degree for German , history and English at the University of Hamburg . From 1952 she studied political science in Oklahoma . Upon her return she continued her studies in political science at the University of Hamburg and graduated there in 1954 with the promotion of Dr. phil. from. In the same year she married the European politician Ernst Günter Focke , who was then General Secretary of the German Council of the European Movement . He died in 1961. After the death of her husband, she was managing director of the European Politics Education Center in Bonn from 1961 to 1969 . Katharina Focke died where she lived in Cologne.


Katharina Focke (1970)

Katharina Focke, who was a member of the SPD from 1964 and a member of the Education and Science Union (GEW) from 1966, was a directly elected member of the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia from 1966 to 1969 . From 1969 to 1980 she was a member of the German Bundestag . Focke always moved into the Bundestag as a directly elected member of the Cologne II constituency . From 1979 to 1989 she was a member of the European Parliament . From 1984 to 1987 she was chairwoman of the Committee on Development and Cooperation .

Public offices

From 1969 to 1972 she was Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery . After the federal election in 1972 , on December 15, 1972 , she was appointed Federal Minister for Youth, Family and Health in the federal government led by Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt . She initially retained this office under Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt , but resigned from the Federal Government after the 1976 Bundestag election on December 14, 1976.


honors and awards


  • The essence of the supranational. Dissertation, University of Hamburg 1954.
  • Europe over the Nations , 1963, Europa Union Verlag, (with her father Ernst Friedlaender )
  • Europeans in France , 1966, A Documentation of Integration-Friendly Opinions and Statements in France, Europa Union Verlag (introduction and compilation)


  • King, priest and God: Montezuma's vision a. Schicksal , Hoffmann und Campe, 1956, Hamburg, ( Cortés and Montezuma , from the English, author: Maurice Collis)
  • Sholomir's adventurous journey , Hoffmann and Campe, Hamburg 1959 ( Sholomir's Journey , from the English, author: Jack Sholomir)
  • Lady Molly's Menagerie , 1966 (from English, At Lady Molly’s , from English, author: Anthony Powell )

See also

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary notice Katharina Focke , Süddeutsche Zeitung of July 14, 2016
  2. Focke, Katharina . European University Institute , accessed July 10, 2016.
  3. Rudolf Vierhaus , Ludolf Herbst (ed.), Bruno Jahn (collaborator): Biographical manual of the members of the German Bundestag. 1949-2002. Vol. 1: A-M. KG Saur, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-598-23782-0 , p. 217 ( limited preview in the Google book search).
  4. Alternative honorary citizen Personal commitment to the weak. KÖLNER STADT-ANZEIGER, December 16, 2011, accessed on July 12, 2016 .
  5. Merit holders since 1986. State Chancellery of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, accessed on March 11, 2017 .

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