Mierendorff, Carlo

POLITICIAN, AUTHOR (GERMANY)
BORN 24 Mar 1897, Grossenhain (near Dresden) - DIED 4 Dec 1943, Leipzig
GRAVE LOCATION Darmstadt, Hessen: Waldfriedhof (L-3c-7d)

Carlo Mierendorff moved to Darmstadt with his family in 1907. During the First World War he served at the western front and he was decorated afterwards. His brother was lost in action in France during the war. In 1917 he published his story "Der Gnom".

From 1919 to 1922 he studied in Heidelberg, Freiburg and Frankfurt am Main. During that time he was active in socialist student groups together with Carl Zuckmayer. In 1922 he joined the SDP and in the same year he was promoted in Heidelberg. From 1928 to 1933 he worked for Wilhelm Leuschner who was Minister of the Interior in Hessen at the time. From 1930 to 1933 Mierendorff was a member of the Reichstag.

After the nazis came to power he was arrested and from 1933 to 1938 he was imprisoned in concentration camps and prisons. He was in a relationship with the actress Franziska Kinz, but she broke if off after he was imprisonment.

In 1938 he was released. In 1940 he joined a resistance group. In 1943 he died in a shelter in Leipzig during an air raid. His body was recovered a week later and he was buried in Darmstadt.

Related persons
• cooperated with Leuschner, Wilhelm

Sources
Widerstand gegen den Nationalsozialismus - eine "sozialistische Aktion"? / Peter Steinbach
LeMO Biografie - Biografie Carlo Mierendorff

Images

The grave of Carlo Mierendorff and memorial to Wilhelm Leuschner at the Waldfriedhof, Darmstadt.
Picture by Androom (29 Apr 2013)

 

The grave of Carlo Mierendorff and memorial to Wilhelm Leuschner at the Waldfriedhof, Darmstadt.
Picture by Androom (29 Apr 2013)

 


Milbanke, Anna Isabella

Published: 12 Jul 2015
Last update: 12 Jul 2015