Robert Daum

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Robert Daum (born January 8, 1889 in Elberfeld , † May 6, 1962 in Bad Gastein ) was a German social democrat.


Daum was born the son of a trucking company. After attending elementary school, he learned the profession of housekeeper. Later he was a trade worker. In 1908 he began his career in the transport workers' union: first as a member of the Elberfeld executive board, since 1914 as a full-time employee and since 1932 as district manager. Daum took part in the First World War as a soldier from 1914 to 1918 . In 1933 the National Socialists destroyed its economic existence. He built up a new mainstay as a real estate agent, but remained dependent on support from his daughters. The Secret State Police took him into protective custody for a short period of time . In 1943 he was conscripted as a metal worker.

Political party

Daum joined the SPD and the union in 1907. His political career began after returning from World War I. In 1922/23 he graduated from the Academy of Labor . He also held numerous positions in organizations related to the SPD: From 1923 to 1933 he was chairman of the General German Trade Union Confederation local committee in Elberfeld-Barmen / Wuppertal, from 1927 to 1933 chairman of the supervisory board of the Bergische Bauhütte and from 1931 to 1933 chairman of the Reichsbanner Schwarz- Rot-Gold Wuppertal. Daum took part in the reconstruction of the trade unions from 1945 to 1949 and from September 1945 was the founding chairman of the Wuppertal branch of the German trade union federation, which at that time was still known as the FDGB .


Daum was elected to the Elberfeld City Council in 1924. After the city of Wuppertal was founded in 1929, he was a member of the Wuppertal city council until 1933. As a successor, he was a member of the Reichstag for a few months from April to July 1932 . In the post-war period in Germany he was a member of the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia from 1946 to 1947 and of the Economic Council of the United Economic Area from 1948 to 1949 . He sat in the 2nd German Bundestag from 1953 to 1957 .

Public offices

From 1946 to 1948 and from 1949 to 1951 he was Lord Mayor of Wuppertal . His terms of office were characterized by fighting the consequences of the Second World War, such as hunger in the Wuppertal population, the removal of around five million cubic meters of rubble and the creation of new living space.


The Robert-Daum-Platz in Wuppertal-Elberfeld is named after Daum , which in turn gives its name to a station on the Wuppertal suspension railway .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ( Memento from July 5, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 2.3 MB), 140 years of the SPD in Wuppertal, accessed August 2009