Almuth Berger


Almuth Berger is a German Protestant pastor. In the 1970s she became a peace activist in the German Democratic Republic. In 1989, after many years campaigning on problems impacting immigrants, she was appointed “Commissioner for Foreigners” in the government authorities of Hans Modrow and Lothar de Maizière. Pursuing reunification she got an equivalent placement using the Brandenburg Regional Federal government between 1991 and 2006.


Early years

Almuth Brennecke was created in Tangermünde, a little town in the traditional western bank from the Elbe, some 2 yrs prior to the end from the battle. Afterwards Tangermünde became known for video footage used 1945 of refugees from what have been specified the Soviet job zone attempting to combination the river and reach the area scheduled for armed forces occupation by United kingdom troops, however the Brennecke family members continued to be in what would afterwards end up being the German Democratic Republic, and Almuth Brennecke was raised in close by Jerichow in the east aspect from the river. Her parents had been Protestant theologians. The Brenneckes afterwards transferred to Berlin where she examined Theology on the Humboldt School between 1961 and 1966. During this time period she wedded the ecumenically minded theologian Christfried Berger. The cathedral authorities weren't thinking about a wedded woman learning to be a pastor and it had been just in 1975, following delivery of the lovers' three daughters, that she could total her theological research and be ordained.

Magdeburg pastorate and peace

"We wished to encourage people and present them power to operate for peacefulness and justice.” "Wir wollten Menschen ermutigen und very bestärken, sich für Gerechtigkeit und Frieden einzusetzen." Almuth Berger discussing "Females for Peacefulness"In 1976 she relocated with her husband to Magdeburg where between 1976 and 1985 she was an associate from the St. Michaelis pastorate. She was also an advocate for peacefulness activism inside the church during this time period, taking part in the city's "Peacefulness Sundays". She was a creator member the Magdeburg branch of "Females for Peacefulness". The Bergers came back in 1985 to Berlin where Almuth Berger became a member of the St Bartholomäus pastorate in Berlin's Friedrichshain one fourth.

Berlin pastorate and immigrant support

Furthermore to her function for peacefulness, from 1986 she worked increasingly on immigrant support and integration issues. In 1986 she found several Christians from Mozambique in her parish and she offered a church area where they could carry out their own cathedral services. This progressed into regular interdenominational conferences that Berger discovered Portuguese. The effort became the "Cabana" ("small hut") movement, offering a meeting put in place the parish where immigrants and folks delivered in Germany could consider the opportunity to access know each other. The "Cabana" effort became an exemplar for equivalent innovations in various other East German metropolitan areas.


In 1987 Almuth Berger took a respected part in creating an operating group called "Rejection of the main and practice of separation" ("Absage an Praxis und Prinzip der Abgrenzung"). By Sept 1989 this experienced grown in to the better kept in mind "Democracy Right now" movement. Though it was the travel limitations separating East and Western Germany, starkly displayed and effected from the Berlin Wall structure, that generated the biggest headlines, in the framework of Berger's personal long standing serenity activism it had been just as vital that you reject parting between various other neighbouring European state governments and, specifically within East Germany where she experienced every day the prevailing polarisation, to reject parting of the various racial groups. Each one of these goals featured on her behalf plan when she was attracted into nation-wide politics.

Government office

By 1989 the German Democratic Republic was house to approximately 85,000 immigrant employees from outdoors Europe. They originated from the small variety of poorer country's with that your country had acceptable diplomatic relationships, notably Mozambique, Angola and Vietnam. There acquired, at federal government level, hardly ever been any plan to integrate the immigrants in to the wider community. Their income and living circumstances were poor. In March 1990 the German Democratic Republic kept its initial (and, as issues proved, last) free of charge election, in the wake which the situation from the immigrants instantly appeared for the government's politics plan. In her very own understated estimation of her seven a few months in federal government, Almuth Berger wryly noticed that she got had least made certain that 85,000 immigrants to East Germany "weren't slung out soon after Reunification Time" ("nicht gleich nach dem Label der Einheit hinausgeschmissen werden") Almuth Berger as quoted in Oct 1990Being a "Democracy Today" head Almuth Berger participated in the key working group conversations set up beneath the 1989/1990 Circular Table procedure on immigrant problems (actually "Foreigner queries" / "Ausländerfragen"). Straight following the 1990 General Election she discovered herself an associate of the federal government going up by Hans Modrow (and after Modrow's resignation on 12 Apr 1990, by Lothar de Maizière). The breach from the Berlin Wall structure in November 1989, as well as the lack of any following intervention with the Soviet job forces, had still left the gate open up for German reunification, and the brand new government's work was to get ready for that second. Berger, although no elected person in the Country wide Legislature, was presented with the rank of the Secretary of Condition, as well as responsibility Immigrant ("Foreigner") Problems. She kept the nationwide post for just seven a few months, but she fought on her behalf beliefs and noticed to it how the interests from the East German immigrant community weren't overlooked in the hurry to reunification,.In the beginning of the twenty-first century the label where Almuth Berger's governmental regions of responsibility have been defined changed from "Commissioner for Foreigner issues" (...."Ausländerfragen") to "Commissioner for Integration" (...."Integration"). The modification was produced at differing times in different local government authorities: in the Berlin senate itself it came into being just in 2003. Many current resources continue steadily to apply the previous term, "Ausländerfragen". The problems and decisions included changed even much less abruptly compared to the term utilized, as well as the British vocabulary term "Immigrant Problems" seems to cover the duties for present reasons. The Reunification Treaty got influence on 3 Oct 1990, which designated the end from the German Democratic Republic as another entity, and therefore end the East German authorities which Almuth Berger was an associate. Nevertheless, in 1991 she was appointed "Commissioner for Immigrant Problems "("Integrationsbeauftragterin" / "Ausländerbeauftragterin") in the local authorities of Brandenburg. She maintained this placement for fifteen years, till her pension in 2006. Although the work in local politics offered her a lesser public profile compared to the period in nation-wide politics, it however covered an interval which she'd describe like a continuation from the "most intense and fascinating amount of her existence" (" intensivste und spannendste Zeit ihres Lebens").Almuth Berger retired to Schmöckwitz (around the southern part of Berlin) in Oct 2006, but remains to be actively engaged in a parish and community level.