Walter Reek

Walter Arthur Reek (26 January 1878 – 12/19 May 1933), was a social democrat politician in Germany and the Free City of Danzig. He was a member of the Weimar National Assembly, the Danzig Volkstag parliament and mayor of Neuteich (Nowy Staw).

Walter Reek
Weimar National Assembly
In office
1919–1919
ConstituencyWest Prussia
Member of the Volkstag
In office
1920–1927
Mayor of Neuteich
In office
1925–1933
Member of the Senate of the Free City of Danzig
In office
1925–1926
In office
1928–1933
Personal details
Born(1878-01-26)26 January 1878
Danzig, West Prussia, German Empire (Gdańsk, Poland)
Died12/19 May 1933 (aged 55)
Danzig
Political partySocial Democratic Party of Germany
Social Democratic Party of the Free City of Danzig
Occupationcarpenter

Reek was born in Danzig, West Prussia, German Empire (Gdańsk, Poland) and attended the St. Katharinen school in Danzig. He was trained as a carpenter and spent his journeyman years from 1895 to 1900 in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. From 1900 to 1902 he served in the Prussian Army and became the chairman of the Central Federation of carpenters in Danzig in 1902.

During World War I Reek initially served in the German army but started to work in several positions in the Kriegsernährungsamt in Danzig in 1916. In 1917 he headed the press commission of the socialdemocratic Volkswacht newspaper in Danzig. In 1918 he was elected to the town council of Danzig and on 19 January 1919 as a member of the Weimar National Assembly, he lost his seat after Danzig became a Free City according to the Treaty of Versailles.

Since 1919 Reek worked as Secretary of the Allgemeiner Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund in Danzig. In 1925 he was elected the mayor of Neuteich and in 1925/1926 he was an honorary Senator in Heinrich Sahm's Danzig Senate. From 1928 on he served as Senator in the Senate of Danzig again.[1][2]

The circumstances of Reek's death are reported in divergent versions. He either died from a stroke[3] or was killed in SA "Schutzhaft" on 12 or 19 May 1933.[4]

His name is remembered at the Memorial to the Murdered Members of the Reichstag in Berlin.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Reichstags Abgeordnetendatenbank" (in German).
  2. ^ Killy, Walther; Vierhaus, Rudolf (2005). Dictionary of German biography, Vol. 8. Munich: de Gruyter. p. 195. ISBN 3-598-23298-5.
  3. ^ Schumacher, Martin (1994). M.d.R. Die Reichstagsabgeordneten der Weimarer Republik in der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus. Politische Verfolgung, Emigration und Ausbürgerung, 1933–1945. Düsseldorf: Droste. p. 382. ISBN 3-7700-5183-1.
  4. ^ Schröder, Wilhelm Heinz; Hachtmann, Rüdiger (1985). Die Reichstagsabgeordneten der Weimarer Republik als Opfer des Nationalsozialismus (PDF) (in German). p. 77.