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Olga Körner, 1947

Olga Körner (born June 3, 1887 in Rübenau as Olga Schubert, † December 22, 1969 in Dresden ) was a protagonist of the German labor movement.


Bust in the park of the retirement home named after her in Dresden-Strehlen
Grave of Olga Körner in the Heidefriedhof in Dresden

Körner worked as a maid from 1901, later as a worker in a corset factory and packer in a flower factory and organized strikes in Olbernhau .

In 1907 she moved to what is now the Dresden district of Dobritz , where she found employment in the Dresden curtain and lace manufacture . A year later she married the curtain weaver Theodor Körner and on March 8, 1911, she joined the SPD . She worked on the organization of the proletarian women's movement in Dresden and Saxony and took part in the ammunition workers' strike of the Sachsenwerk.

Körner joined the USPD in 1917 . In 1919 she was elected to the Leuben municipal council. In 1920 she became a member of the KPD and was part of the leadership of the Dresden-Leuben local group. In addition, Körner was active in the Red Aid , the Red Women and Girls Association and a workers gymnastics and sports club. In 1921 she became a member of the East Saxony district leadership of the KPD and in 1929 city councilor. In 1930 she was a member of the state parliament in Saxony for a short time , but renounced the mandate because she was elected as a member of the Reichstag in September 1930 . There she worked as a member of the Social and Health Commission.

In 1933 she attended the Reichsparteischule Rosa Luxemburg , after which she became head of an illegal resistance group in Radeberg and then in Chemnitz . The end of 1933 she was arrested and to a sentence of three years ' imprisonment convicted, they in Waldheim prison was serving. In 1939 she was arrested again. She survived the Ravensbrück concentration camp in spite of the fact that she was labeled “Not back again”. She found out about the death of her husband and son in 1943. At Pentecost 1945, she returned to Dresden on foot from Ravensbrück with Else Eisold and Liesel Grabs .

Körner became women's secretary of the Dresden district leadership of the KPD and secretary of the KPD district leadership. After 1946 she took over the social policy department in the state leadership of the SED and worked as a member of the Saxon state parliament and the state chamber of the GDR . Around 1955 she suffered from a state of exhaustion and received no relief from higher-level party officials. Körner had neither a housekeeper nor a secretary, although at the age of over 70 she was intensively active in politics and social affairs and also made trips as a consultant.

Olga Körner died at the age of 82 in December 1969. She found her final resting place in the Dresden Heidefriedhof . In 1974 the 57th secondary school in Dresden was given its name, in 1978 its bronze bust was unveiled in front of the home in Dresden-Zschertnitz .



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