Waltraud Gebert-Deeg

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Waltraud Gebert-Deeg (born December 9, 1928 in Kardaun near Bozen , as Waltraud Gebert ; † January 31, 1988 in Bruneck ; also Waltraud Gebert Deeg ) was an Italian politician of the South Tyrolean People's Party and a member of the state government .


Waltraud Gebert was born on December 9, 1928 as the eldest daughter of ten children in a small town near Bolzano . Her father Theobald Gebert, who came from the Salzburg area, and her mother Philomena Marzoner, who came from Klausen , were joint administrators of the estate at Prösels Castle . She attended secondary school in Achern, Baden, and obtained her qualification as an elementary school teacher with her matriculation examination at the Merano teacher training institute. In the following years she taught in Gais , Reischach and Bruneck . In 1966 she married Siegfried Deeg from Baden-Württemberg and gave birth to their only daughter, Waltraud Deeg , in 1972 .

Gebert-Deeg got involved early on in the Catholic Association of Working People . In the 1964 elections, she was on the list of the South Tyrolean People's Party (SVP) - together with Lidia Menapace from the Democrazia Cristiana as the first woman ever - to be elected to the state parliament and, at the same time, to the regional council of Trentino-South Tyrol . From 1965 to 1974 she was a substitute state councilor in the Magnago II and Magnago III cabinets of the South Tyrolean provincial government .

In 1974 Gebert-Deeg became State Councilor for Social and Health Services in the Magnago IV cabinet . These departments only came under the responsibility of South Tyrol in 1975 and 1978 and first had to be established. She also showed great commitment in women's politics and was one of the founders of the White Cross and other charitable institutions.

After another tenure in the Magnago V cabinet , Gebert-Deeg left the state government in 1984 and was president until 1986 and vice-president of the state parliament from 1986 until her death on January 31, 1988.

Awards and honors

Gebert-Deeg was u. a. awarded the Cross of Merit of the State of Tyrol . In addition, she was honorary president of the South Tyrolean Lebenshilfe, which she once co-founded .

After her surprisingly early death, there was a large funeral procession at her funeral on February 3, 1988 in Bruneck , to which people from all parts of the country had traveled. Long-time governor Silvius Magnago paid tribute to her with the words: “Especially the elderly, disabled people in need, widows in need or working-class families with many children saw in her a kind national mother who always took care of all their concerns with patience and openness and helped wherever she went only could. "

In 2008 Bozen and her hometown Bruneck decided to dedicate a street to her. In Bozen, part of Francesco-Baracca- Strasse was renamed, in Bruneck the previous Nikolaus-Cusanus- Strasse. In Bruneck, a kindergarten and the local children's home already bore her name.


  • Siglinde Clementi: The "mother of the country" Waltraud Gebert-Deeg . In: Südtiroler Landtag (ed.), Women and Politics , Bozen 2003, pp. 60–64 ( PDF, 411 kB ).
  • South Tyrolean provincial government (publisher): Südtirol-Handbuch 1987 . Brochure, Bozen 1987, p. 95 ( online )

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Waltraud Gebert Deeg. Portrait "History is female". SVP women's movement, archived from the original on September 11, 2012 ; Retrieved November 28, 2013 .
  2. a b c Portrait of Gebert-Deeg on fembio.org , accessed on November 28, 2013
  3. ^ Presidium of the IX. Legislative period on the website of the South Tyrolean Parliament , accessed on January 6, 2011
  4. Waltraud Deeg : My mother: Waltraud Gebert Deeg. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013 ; Retrieved November 28, 2013 (biography).
  5. Six new names for streets and squares in the city . In: Bozner Nachrichten . No. 1 , 2008, p. 8 ( PDF; 1.6 MB ).