Schirdewan, Karl

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Schirdewan, Karl Gender: M
born on 14 May 1907 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )
Place Szczecin, Poland, 53n24, 14e32
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 22°42' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 18°13 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 24°33'

Karl Schirdewan (1952)
photo: Roger Rössing (1929–2006), license cc-by-sa-3.0-de


German Communist politician. In the late 1920s he became a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League in Germany. After Hitler took power in 1933, he went into hiding. In 1934 he was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison for "conspiracy to commit high treason." After serving this sentence he was put into a concentration camp until the war ended in 1945. After the war, Schirdewan rose through the ranks of the communist party. He reached his career peak in the 1950s, when he was considered the second most powerful communist after Walter Ulbricht. He died on July 14, 1998 in Potsdam.

Link to Wikipedia biography (German)


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Ein Jahrhundert Leben: Erinnerungen Und Visionen: Autobiographie" by Karl Schirdewan (Edition Ost Im Verlag Das, 1998), p. 11: "Am 14. Mai des Jahres 1907 gegen fünf Uhr nachmittags erblickte ich im Mietshaus Nr. 1 6 in der Stettiner Bismarckstraße das Licht der Welt."

Translation: On 14 May 1907 at five in the afternoon I first saw the light of day in the tenement house at No. 16 Bismarck road in Stettin [today: Szczecin, Poland].


  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Communist leader)