Meyer-Buer was the son of a mine official. He completed a commercial apprenticeship and then worked as a municipal employee. He became a member of the KPD in 1931. During the time of National Socialism he worked illegally and was arrested, abused and sentenced to two and a half years in prison in October 1933 . After his release in January 1936, he was sent to the Esterwegen concentration camp in March 1936 , then to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and finally to a prison for four years; he suffered serious health problems while in custody. From 1941 he lived in Bremen and was injured and buried in an air raid.
Before the end of World War II , he became a member of the Combat Group against Fascism (KGF). After the liberation of Bremen, he participated in the rebuilding of the KPD and was a member of the state leadership. In 1952, he also appeared as party secretary for training. From 1946 to 1959 he was a member of the Bremen parliament for the KPD and from 1946 to 1951 deputy parliamentary group chairman, from 1951 to 1953 KPD parliamentary group chairman and then until 1959 spokesman for the KPD group of Independent Socialists (US). Mayor Wilhelm Kaisen rejected Meyer-Buer's appointment to the Senate . In 1951 Meyer-Buer advocated more resolute persecution and condemnation of former National Socialists . As a debate speaker, he was a very vehement member who was also repeatedly reprimanded by the President of Parliament , August Hagedorn . No matter, says Horst Adamietz, “... was Meyer-Buer, the strategist among the Bremen communists, like no other in Bremen, well-groomed in dress and demeanor, downright a salon communist , confident in his diction, experienced, polished , yes sometimes brilliant as a speaker ... “In 1955 he rejected the subsidized settlement of Klöckner Stahlwerke in Gröpelingen without success. After the party was banned by the Federal Constitutional Court in August 1956, he remained as a non-party member of the city from 1957 to 1959. Meyer-Buer ran for the citizenship election in Bremen in 1959 with the Voters' Association against Nuclear Armament for Peace and Understanding (WgaA), which, however, failed because of the 5% hurdle.
In 1961 he ran unsuccessfully for the Bundestag . In 1962 he was sentenced to nine months in prison for illegal political activity. In 1963 he was convicted again because he had finished a campaign speech with the sentence “Vote the communist Meyer-Buer!” In connection with the Bundestag candidacy in 1961.
From 1968 he was a member of the German Communist Party (DKP). Politically, he was a representative of the Orthodox party line of the DKP. In 1967/69 he was part of the Bremen Vietnam Committee against the Vietnam War .
Professionally, he ran a successful goldsmith's shop in Gröpelingen . His income allowed him to regularly support people in need.
- Since 2014 he has been the namesake of a path in Bremen - Meyer-Buer-Weg.
- As a communist in court . In: Christoph Butterwegge , Adolf Brock , Jochen Dressel, Ulla Voigt (eds.): Bremen in the Cold War. Contemporary witnesses report from the 50s and 60s: Western integration - rearmament - peace movement . Bremen 1991, pp. 155-160.
- The KPD parliamentary group in the 1950s . In: Heinz-Gerd Hofschen, Almut Schwerd, Willi Elmers (eds.): Contemporary witnesses report: Bremen workers' movement in the fifties . Bremen 1989, pp. 91-103.
- Willi Meyer-Buer: The lost battle - but it was not in vain , Neue-Impulse-Verlag, Essen 2013, ISBN 978-3-910080-79-9
- Herbert Black Forest : The Great Bremen Lexicon . 2nd, updated, revised and expanded edition. Edition Temmen, Bremen 2003, ISBN 3-86108-693-X .
- Heinrich Hannover : speeches in court. Pleading in text and tone. PapyRossa Verlag, Cologne 2010, ISBN 978-3-89438-438-8 ; review
- Heinrich Hannover: The republic in court 1954–1974 . Structure of Taschenbuch Verlag, Berlin 2000, pp. 105–128.
- Horst Adamietz : The first chapter . Bremen citizenship, Bremen 1975.
- Hendrik Bunke: The KPD in Bremen. 1945 to 1968. Papyrossa Verlag, Cologne 2001 (PapyRossa-Hochschulschriften; Volume 36; also Bremen, University, dissertation), ISBN 3-89438-230-9 , hbxt.org (PDF)
- Willi Meyer-Buer . (PDF; 76.6 kB) in the search for traces Bremen 1933–1945 project of the association Remembering for the Future e. V., Bremen
- "An incorrigible fanatical supporter of the KPD". For the hundredth birthday of the resistance fighter Willi Meyer-Buer. our zeit - newspaper of the DKP, May 13, 2011.
- Horst Adamietz: The Fifties - Bremen Parliamentarians 1951-1959 . Hauschild-Verlag, Bremen 1978, ISBN 3-920699-22-X , p. 15 f.
- Horst Adamietz: The Fifties - Bremen Parliamentarians 1951-1959 . Hauschild-Verlag, Bremen 1978, ISBN 3-920699-22-X , p. 94 f.
- Horst Adamietz: The Fifties - Bremen Parliamentarians 1951-1959 . Hauschild-Verlag, Bremen 1978, ISBN 3-920699-22-X , p. 241
- Horst Adamietz: The Fifties - Bremen Parliamentarians 1951-1959 . Hauschild-Verlag, Bremen 1978, ISBN 3-920699-22-X , p. 36 f.
- Poster collection of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, 9.15 elections (PlakY 1/1867 / 1-3, PlakY 1/2021 / 1-2 and PlakY 1/2024 / 1-2)
- Eckhard Stengel: Advocate for the common people . In: ver.di publik. July 2015, ISSN 1610-7691 , p. 8G .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Meyer-Buer, Willi|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German politician (KPD), Member of the Bundestag|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 30, 1911|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Gelsenkirchen|
|DATE OF DEATH||July 13, 1997|
|Place of death||Bremen|