Siegfried Mielke studied political science , political sociology and modern history at the Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin) from 1962 to 1966 . He graduated in 1966 with a diploma in political science and a minor in modern history. From 1967 to 1971 he was a research assistant to Ernst Fraenkel at the Otto Suhr Institute at the Free University of Berlin, where he was awarded a Dr. phil. PhD .
Mielke taught at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Free University of Berlin from 1972 to 1978 as an assistant professor. From 1972 to 1974 he was a board member and chairman of the council of the Free University of Berlin. In 1976 he completed his habilitation in political science in Berlin. Since 1979 he has been professor of political science with a focus on political systems , interest groups and historical foundations at the Free University of Berlin. From 1979 Mielke was managing director of the Institute for Domestic Policy and Comparative Studies in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Free University of Berlin for several (two-year) terms . For years he held the office of chairman of the examination and doctoral committee of the Otto Suhr Institute. In addition, from 1996 to 2006, together with Bodo Zeuner, he was head of the department for national and international trade union policy connected to this institute, and he is still active on its governing bodies to this day. In 1999, 2004 and 2005 he was managing director of the Otto Suhr Institute. Despite his retirement, he continues to work in teaching and research at the Otto Suhr Institute.
In recent decades, Mielke's teaching and research have focused on the political system of the Federal Republic of Germany, parliamentarism at federal and state level, federalism and comparative interest group research. The development and the constitutional requirements of the federal German state parliaments are Mielke's topic in several of his writings. He examined the organization, the political and social composition and the change of function of the state parliaments in more detail. In addition, the core of his research was in the field of national and international trade union research. At the same time, Mielke dealt with the development of employer and employee organizations, pluralism and corporatism, the resistance against National Socialism , the system of concentration camps and the Soviet special camps in the Soviet zone of occupation after 1945.
A considerable part of Mielke's publications deals with the development of trade unions in Germany - especially with the historical development and the reorganization of the trade unions after the end of the Second World War. In its research work, the research group at the Otto Suhr Institute, headed by Mielke, also examines the area of political regulation of industrial relations within the framework of the subject of “national and international trade union policy”. This is a field of research that encompasses negotiation processes between the state, capital and labor - both in the political and in the economic system at various levels of action with regard to norms, rules, procedures and institutions. Mielke is part of a long-standing research tradition of the Otto Suhr Institute, which goes back to the founder of the institute, Otto Suhr , among other things, with his main topics “union development” and “labor relations” . Mielke and Britta Herweg also presented this namesake and his work in the trade union movement in a publication. In addition, Mielke and Peter Rütters wrote around forty articles for the Brockhaus encyclopedia (19th and 20th editions). These mainly include contributions to national and international trade union organizations.
One of his major research projects is devoted to the subject of "Resistance, persecution and emigration of trade unionists under National Socialism". In addition to essays and source editions, Mielke has published several monographs and biographical handbooks together with Stefan Heinz and Günter Morsch . In the biographical anthologies, the individual fates of trade unionists who were persecuted during the Nazi regime are presented and placed in the historical context. Since 2012, Mielke and Heinz have been the editors of the book series “Unions in National Socialism. Persecution - Resistance - Emigration ”published by Metropol Verlag .
With the participants in his seminars on the history of the National Socialist concentration camps and Soviet special camps, Mielke regularly went on excursions - including to the Buchenwald , Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrück memorials . Under the direction of Mielke and Günter Morsch, students also compiled numerous biographies of prisoners from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, which are portrayed in several edited volumes. As part of Mielke's courses, several exhibition projects were also created that deal with persecution, resistance and emigration from the ranks of the workers' and trade union movements under National Socialism . An internet exhibition that was created in cooperation with the Brandenburg Memorials Foundation honors the political prisoners of the Oranienburg concentration camp. Another exhibition, which was prepared in cooperation with the German Resistance Memorial Center , and an accompanying volume edited by Mielke deal with the resistance of lecturers and students at the German Political College against National Socialism. Another traveling exhibition and an accompanying volume portray trade unionists who were imprisoned in German concentration camps between 1933 and 1945.
In 2006 Siegfried Mielke was awarded the “LorBär” at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science at the Free University of Berlin for his “outstanding teaching”.
- State parliamentarism (= series of publications by the Federal Agency for Political Education. Vol. 83). Bonn 1971.
- The Hansa-Bund for trade, commerce and industry. The failed attempt at an anti-feudal collection policy (= critical studies on historical science . Vol. 17). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1976, ISBN 3-525-35968-3 .
- International Union Handbook. Leske and Budrich, Opladen 1983, ISBN 3-8100-0362-X .
- (with Stefan Heinz): Railway trade unionists in the Nazi state: Persecution - Resistance - Emigration (1933–1945) (= trade unionists under National Socialism. Persecution - Resistance - Emigration , Vol. 7), Metropol Verlag, Berlin 2017, ISBN 978-3- 86331-353-1 .
- (with Stefan Heinz): Alwin Brandes (1866–1949). Opposition - reformer - resistance fighter . With a foreword by Jörg Hofmann (= trade unionist under National Socialism. Persecution - Resistance - Emigration, Vol. 9), Metropol Verlag, Berlin 2019, ISBN 978-3-86331-486-6 .
- Sources on the history of the German trade union movement in the 20th century , Vol. 5–8, Bund-Verlag, Cologne 1987–1999, and Volume 15, JHW Dietz Nachf. Verlag, Bonn 2011.
- Trade unionists in the Oranienburg and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. Biographisches Handbuch , Vol. 1–4, Edition Hentrich and Metropol Verlag, Berlin 2002–2013, ISBN 3-89468-268-X (Vol. 1), ISBN 3-89468-275-2 (Vol. 2), ISBN 3 -89468-280-9 (Vol. 3), ISBN 978-3-86331-148-3 (Vol. 4) [Vol. 2 and 3 ed. in connection with Günter Morsch , Vol. 4 ed. with Stefan Heinz with the assistance of Julia Pietsch].
- (with Werner Reutter): State parliamentarism in Germany. History - Structure - Functions , VS Verlag, Wiesbaden 2004 (2nd reviewed and updated edition 2011), ISBN 978-3-531-18361-9 .
- Trade unionists in the Nazi state. Persecution, resistance, emigration , plain text, Essen 2008, ISBN 978-3-89861-914-1 .
- (with the collaboration of Marion Goers, Stefan Heinz, Matthias Oden, Sebastian Bödecker): Unique - Lecturers, students and representatives of the German University for Politics (1920–1933) in the resistance against National Socialism , Lukas Verlag, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3 -86732-032-0 .
- (with Günter Morsch): “Be vigilant that night never falls over Germany again.” Trade unionists in concentration camps 1933–1945. Accompanying volume for the exhibition of the Brandenburg Memorials Foundation, the National and International Trade Union Policy Office of the Free University of Berlin and the Hans Böckler Foundation , Metropol Verlag, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-86331-031-8 .
- (with Stefan Heinz with the assistance of Marion Goers): Functionaries of the German Metalworkers' Association in the Nazi state. Resistance and persecution (= trade unionists under National Socialism. Persecution - Resistance - Emigration , Vol. 1), Metropol Verlag, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-86331-059-2 .
- (with Stefan Heinz): Functionaries of the unified association of metal workers in Berlin in the Nazi state. Resistance and persecution (= trade unionists under National Socialism. Persecution - Resistance - Emigration , Vol. 2), Metropol Verlag, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-86331-062-2 .
- (with Stefan Heinz with the collaboration of Julia Pietsch): Emigrated metal trade unionists in the fight against the Nazi regime (= trade unionists under National Socialism. Persecution - Resistance - Emigration , Vol. 3), Metropol Verlag, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-86331- 210-7 .
- Sigrid Koch-Baumgarten, Peter Rütters (Ed.): Pluralism and Democracy. Interest groups - state parliamentarism - federalism - resistance. Festschrift for Siegfried Mielke , Cologne: Bund-Verlag 2006.
- Hans Coppi / Stefan Heinz (ed.): The forgotten resistance of the workers. Trade unionists, communists, social democrats, Trotskyists, anarchists and forced laborers (= history of communism and left-wing socialism , vol. XVI), Berlin 2012: Dietz, p. 354.
- Literature by and about Siegfried Mielke in the catalog of the German National Library
- Personal page on the website of the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science at the Free University of Berlin
- Speech at the Sachsenhausen Memorial Museum on Memorial Day for the Victims of National Socialism (PDF; 116 kB)
- Gemma Pörzgen: Resistance against the Nazis - “Those who had courage could defend themselves”. A conversation with the historian Siegfried Mielke. In: Der Tagesspiegel . 20th July 2015 .
- Lecture at a ceremony of IG Metall Berlin: Trade union resistance against National Socialism - Open questions and controversies (PDF; 42 kB)
- On Mielke's biographical information, see Hans Coppi / Stefan Heinz (eds.): The forgotten resistance of workers. Trade unionists, communists, social democrats, Trotskyists, anarchists and forced laborers (= history of communism and left-wing socialism , vol. XVI), Berlin 2012: Dietz, p. 354 and The President of the Free University of Berlin (ed.): Research at the Free University Berlin : Department of Political Science (Otto Suhr Institute) , Berlin 1996: Publication by the Free University of Berlin, p. 93 f.
- Britta Herweg / Siegfried Mielke: Otto Suhr as a trade unionist. From Workers' Education to Political Science , Berlin 1999: Publication of the National and International Trade Union Policy Office of the Free University of Berlin.
- Book series "Unionists in National Socialism. Persecution - Resistance - Emigration ” , ed. by Siegfried Mielke and Stefan Heinz .
- Excellent! Politics professor Siegfried Mielke has won the »LorBär« for his seminars , in: UnAufford, Vol. 18, April 2007, p. 11 .
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German political scientist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 28, 1941|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Kremerbruch , Pomerania|