Paula Karpinski

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Paula Elise Karpinski b. Thees (born November 6, 1897 in Hamburg-Hammerbrook ; † March 8, 2005 in Hamburg-Eppendorf ) was a German politician of the SPD and senator of the youth authority in Hamburg. She was the first female politician to hold ministerial rank in a German state government .

Paula Karpinski (1989)


Paula Karpinski, who was born in Hammerbrook , attended elementary school to Selekta and then the commercial school . From 1913 to 1925 she worked as a typist, accountant and department head. From 1925 to 1927 she attended the Social Pedagogical Institute in Hamburg and then completed a year of internship at the employment agency's career counseling service with recognition as a state-certified welfare worker.

Paula Karkinski was married to the architect Carl Karpinski and had a son. She last lived in a sheltered apartment for the elderly in Eppendorf and was buried in the Ohlsdorf cemetery in Hamburg.

Party and MPs

Karpinski joined the Socialist Workers' Youth in 1911 and the SPD in 1914, followed by entry into the Young Socialist Association in 1922 . In 1917 she temporarily moved to the USPD because of the war loans . In 1928 she became a member of the Hamburg party executive committee and the women's committee. From 1928 to 1933 and from 1945 (until the 1960s ) she was a board member of the Hamburg Social Democrats. After the National Socialists came to power , Karpinski was arrested along with the party executive and committee in June 1933, but released after a few days. Before she was arrested, when the SA attacked the SPD party office in Hamburg , she was able to destroy lists of members and thus prevent them from falling into the hands of the National Socialists. From 1933 to 1945 she was in constant contact with groups that were illegal at the time. In July 1944, after the assassination attempt on Hitler , she was arrested again as part of the Operation Grid and interned in the Fuhlsbüttel concentration camp from August to October 1944 . After the end of the war she was appointed to the provisional party executive committee in 1945 and was later officially elected. At the same time she participated in the development of the SPD women's organization and was its chairman until 1949 and a member of the party committee for the western zones .

Karpinski was an SPD member from 1931 to 1933 and again from 1946 to 1968 in the Hamburg parliament .

Public offices

Stintfang youth hostel with a view of the port of Hamburg

In 1946, Paula Karpinski was appointed by Hamburg's First Mayor Max Brauer as the first woman in a German state cabinet. She headed the youth authority there from 1946 to 1953 and from 1957 to 1961 as a senator (later absorbed into the school authority ). To this day, her name is mainly associated with the youth hostel on the Stintfang , which she succeeded in building in 1953 against the original plans of the Senate for a luxury hotel at this location. She also pushed through the construction of the Volksparkstadion in the Senate against brewers. She also campaigned for Hamburg to be the first major German city to require the construction of children's playgrounds during the reconstruction after the Second World War .

Signature Paula Karpinski


In 1967 the Hamburg Senate awarded Paula Karpinski the Mayor Stolten Medal , the city's highest award after honorary citizenship.

Gravestone Paula Karpinski (center, next to Carl K. ), Ohlsdorf cemetery

Paula Karpinski Prize

Since 2003, the SPD parliamentary group has awarded the Paula Karpinski Prize every two years , with the help of which exemplary youth work projects are recognized and promoted.

Paula Karpinski Square

On the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8, 2013, the forecourt of the youth hostel on the Stintfang above the St. Pauli Landungsbrücken was renamed Paula-Karpinski-Platz .


  • "Where I put my feet under the table, equality and democracy begin". Dedicated to Paula Karpinski on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Edited by AsF Hamburg, editors Christa Randzio-Plath and Eva Rühmkorf , Hamburg 1987.

Web links

Commons : Paula Karpinski  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. 60 years ago: a bed for 60 pfennigs a night. In: June 22, 2013, accessed April 9, 2019 .
  2. ^ Obituary, Memories of Paula, Nordwind 05/2005, page 3 (PDF; 1.1 MB)
  3. 91 years in the SPD, from March 12, 2005 (accessed October 25, 2013)
  4. ↑ grid square Z 8 (south of Norderstrasse ), see celebrity graves .
  5. ^ A b c Daniel Gritz : "Remembrance of Paula", in Nordwind - Members' magazine of the SPD Hamburg-Nord, issue May 2005, page 3.
  6. YOUTH ON NORWAY CATCH - 60 years ago: a bed for 60 Pfennig per night, from June 22, 2013
  7. SPD awards Paula Karpinski Prize,, August 18, 2003 (accessed October 25, 2013)
  8. ^ Evening paper of March 7, 2013 (accessed September 30, 2014)
  9. Appreciation Paula-Karpinski-Platz inaugurated, Authority for Justice and Equal Opportunities (accessed on September 30, 2014) ( Memento of the original from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  10. Place in front of the youth hostel reminds of committed politician Abendblatt from March 8, 2013 (accessed on September 30, 2014)