Biographische Annäherungen an einen beinahe vergessenen sozialdemokratischen Juristen
Arthur Stadthagen was my mother’s uncle. He died before I was born, but when I was a child there was talk about him in the family, with some pride in his political achievements. I was aware that he was member of the Reichstag, an orator who on one occasion spoke for one and a half hours although he only had one lung, that he and his brother (my grandfather Julius) helped each other through University, that he was a good man and an important one. I did not take a great interest in his career while family and friends who knew him were alive. In recent years I have become more interested, especially as my grandsons, history students, became curious about him. In 2008 I visited Berlin after many years of absence, and hoped to learn more about Ar- thur and locate his speeches in the Reichstag. Enquiries to the Landesarchiv led me to Holger Czitrich-Stahl, who was researching Stadthagen’s life and career with a view to writing his biography. I was able to meet Holger in Berlin and we have kept in touch. He has found out and told me a great deal about my great-uncle, and it has been a pleasure to contribute to his knowledge of the Stadthagen family. I hope that his book will lead to the uncovering of further facts and information. I appreciate the enthusiasm and energy with which Holger has carried out his research, the organization of all the material and the writing...
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