By awarding honorary citizenship, the Great District City of Schramberg recognizes the diverse and outstanding services rendered to the development of the city of Schramberg and to the welfare of its citizens.
With the award of honorary citizenship on July 2, 2011, the city of Schramberg honored Dr. Herbert O. Zinell in grateful recognition of his many outstanding contributions to the development of the city of Schramberg and to the well-being of its citizens.
From 1984 to 1990, Dr. Herbert O. Zinell was a member of the municipal council of the city of Schramberg and chairman of the SPD municipal council faction. On September 9, 1990, he was unexpectedly elected mayor of the large district town of Schramberg in the first round of voting and took office on November 2, 1990. On September 15, 1998 and September 24, 2006, the people of Schramberg confirmed their mayor in office with a large majority in each case. Before the end of his third term in office, Dr. Herbert O. Zinell was appointed Ministerial Director and Head of Office in the Ministry of the Interior in the new Green-Red state government of Baden-Württemberg on May 13, 2011, and thus left his position as Lord Mayor of the City of Schramberg.
At his farewell ceremony on July 2, 2011, Dr. Herbert O. Zinell was awarded honorary citizenship in the presence of his new "boss," Interior Minister Reinhold Gall. The municipal council of the city of Schramberg based this decision on his outstanding performance as Lord Mayor, his successful, open and citizen-oriented work and his extraordinary personal commitment, with which he contributed to the good economic, social, cultural and societal development of the city of Schramberg during almost 21 years in this office. With this honor, the city councilors also thanked him for his diverse civic commitment for the benefit of his fellow citizens and for his hometown.
On November 15, 2007, the city of Schramberg honored Dr. Hans-Jochem Steim for his wide-ranging and outstanding commitment to his hometown and its citizens by awarding him honorary citizenship. The city thus expressed its great gratitude for his many efforts on behalf of the city and the region.
Dr. Steim was involved at various levels of politics for the city of Schramberg and the district of Rottweil. For example, he was a member of the Schramberg municipal council for 13 years and a member of the district council for seven years. From 1996 to 2006, Dr. Steim represented the district of Rottweil in the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg. As President of the German Spring Industry Association and also as President of the European Spring Association, he played a key role in shaping the technical and economic development of this industry sector. In Schramberg, he was particularly active as the longstanding chairman of the local DRK group and as a member of the representative assembly and district council of the AOK. From 1993 to 2002, Dr. Steim was also alternating chairman of the representative assembly.
With this award, the city also honored Dr. Steim's entrepreneurial achievements. The Kern-Liebers group of companies, which Dr. Steim headed as managing partner, had grown to become the largest employer in the city. Despite globalization and the constraints that come with it, the group of companies, and Dr. Steim in particular, had emphatically committed themselves to Schramberg as a location and had also expanded it. With this award, the city also thanked Dr. Steim for his patronage. Numerous clubs and organizations in the city benefited from Dr. Steim's support.
By awarding her honorary citizenship, the town honored Ursula Plake's extraordinary commitment over decades. In doing so, they also wanted to highlight the fact that she - also known in Schramberg as the "town mother" - had played a pioneering role in many respects. She was involved in local politics in the town and district for over two decades, for a long time as the only woman on various committees. She was first deputy mayor and did exemplary work for people who were dependent on her help. She has shown outstanding commitment in many organizations and associations, such as the Lebenshilfe for the mentally handicapped, the Bund Deutscher Kriegsbeschädigter und Kriegshinterbliebener, the Kreisseniorenrat or as a Schramberg district councilwoman. Ursula Plake was the founder of the CDU Women's Union in Schramberg.
She was honored for her commitment with the Federal Cross of Merit in 1974 and with the Medal of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg in 1998.
In 1999, shortly before her 80th birthday, Ursula Plake died unexpectedly. On this birthday, she was to be personally awarded honorary citizenship. Ursula Plake became the second honorary citizen of the city of Schramberg after Helene Junghans.
In the 20 years (1954-1974) of his work as town councilor, he led Schramberg economically out of stagnation and improved the infrastructure quite significantly by having several municipal buildings constructed: hospital, old people's home, several schools, sports halls and sports fields. With the founding of a music school, the adult education center and the general promotion of club life, he also made a decisive contribution to improving cultural life in Schramberg.
Dr. Hank's term of office included the establishment of town twinning arrangements with Hirson, Marcinelle and Lachen, the construction of the grammar school, the old people's home and the hospital, extensive development of residential areas, industrial relocations and settlements, the improvement of Schramberg's transport links, the construction of the Karl-Diehl-Halle and other sports facilities. The founding of the adult education center and the music school were also due to his initiative. Dr. Hank had to pass a special test after the flood disaster of 1959. Other important milestones during his term of office were the incorporation of Waldmössingen and the elevation of the town to the status of a large district town in 1972, making Dr. Hank the first mayor of the town of Schramberg.
Dr. Konstantin Hank was appointed honorary citizen on October 25, 1974.
Moritz Meyer restarted the disused majolica factory in 1912 and, using all his strength, kept it competitive for many decades. Despite the many hostilities, disappointments and injustices he had to experience as a Jew, he never gave up his faith in Germany's future, never gave up his love for his hometown of Schramberg.
At its meeting on September 16, 1964, the municipal council of the city of Schramberg decided to make Mr. Moritz Meyer an honorary citizen in recognition of his great services to the preservation and development of the Schramberg majolica factory.
Professor Schweizer was a genius in the field of architecture. Witnesses of his work can still be admired today in numerous large cities (including Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Vienna). In Schramberg, the mortuary and the memorial commemorate his work. Prof. Schweizer's courageous attitude as a professor at the Technical University of Karlsruhe during the Third Reich gave his students strength and hope.
On April 27, 1960, the municipal council of the city of Schramberg decided to make O. E. Schweizer an honorary citizen.
For 50 years, Helmut Junghans put all his strength, knowledge and skills into the service of the watch factory "Gebr. Junghans", founded by his grandfather. In 1942, after the retirement of his older brother Erwin, he took over the management of the company and was thus in charge during the difficult post-war years. Helmut Junghans also rendered outstanding services to the town of Schramberg, especially to the clubs, schools and churches.
On his 65th birthday, March 2, 1956, Helmut Junghans was thanked by the municipal council of the city of Schramberg for his commitment to the service of his fellow men and for the generous donations and accommodating sales of land to the city.
Albert Moser developed his father's small craft business into one of the most important furniture factories in Germany and beyond, creating jobs for many hundreds of Schramberg citizens. Albert Moser was also an exemplary employer in social terms.
On October 17, 1947, the city of Schramberg awarded the honorary citizenship of the city of Schramberg to the highly deserving fellow citizen Albert Moser in appreciation of his services and the development of the furniture factory "Ferd. Moser und Sohn", his communal and social commitment.
She was known, respected, appreciated and loved as a great benefactress, mother of the poor, the needy and the needy. For many years, Helene Junghans was the chairwoman of the Protestant Workers' Association, where women could receive advice and help in the most difficult times.
On September 23, 1947, Helene Junghans was the first woman to be made an honorary citizen by Mayor Karl Kolb.
Erwin Junghans had the difficult task of presiding over the "Gebr. Junghans" watch factory through the economically and politically very difficult period of the post-war years, inflation, the world economic crisis, political upheaval and the Second World War. It was thanks to his prudence and drive that the company survived these difficult years well.
On February 27, 1927, Erwin Junghans was awarded honorary citizenship in recognition of his great services to industry and local government.
In 1923, in the middle of the inflation, he sold with a heavy heart his inherited castle together with the park and the surrounding building site to the city in order to enable its further development.
In 1923, Count Cajetan von Bissingen und Nippenburg was awarded honorary citizenship by the municipal council of the town of Schramberg on the occasion of the transfer of the castle and park for the purpose of the station and town expansion, in recognition and thanks for the services rendered to the community and the civic spirit shown on many other occasions.
Count von Bissingen and Nippenburg became an honorary citizen on 14.09.1923.
He created many hundreds of jobs by founding a second clock factory. His arrow-cross watches carried the name of Schramberg into the wide world. Paul Landenberger was a man of indestructible strength, of great work drive and humor.
On August 22, 1922, Paul Landenberger was made an honorary citizen of Schramberg by the town council in recognition of the great services he had rendered as founder and manager of the Hamburg-American Clock Factory (H.A.U.), the second largest industrial enterprise in Schramberg.
His ingenious technical talent was largely responsible for the unheard-of growth of the "Gebr. Junghans" watch factory. The most important inventors of the time frequented the house of Kommerzienrat A. Junghans, and Schramberg became known worldwide thanks to him.
Arthur Junghans bought one of the first Daimler test cars, which was specially brought to Schramberg by Wilhelm Maybach. Together with Gottlieb Daimler, Arthur Junghans thus made the first car ascent to the Feldberg around 1900.
In recognition of his outstanding achievements, the municipal council of the town of Schramberg appointed Dr. Ing. e. h. Arthur Junghans an honorary citizen on September 6, 1917.
Principal A. Bregenzer modernized the school system in Schramberg and raised its performance level by achieving a reduction in the far too high class sizes through unremitting insistence on the creation of additional school space (Berneckschule, Realschule).
The long-time teacher, head teacher and school board member was awarded honorary citizenship for his successful work at the Schramberg schools on October 5, 1916.
Erhard Junghans was a member of the town council of Schramberg for 25 years, where his advice and experience were gladly heard. Together with his brother Arthur, he developed the watch factory founded by their father in 1861 into one of the leading watch factories in Europe in just a few years and created jobs for thousands of Schramberg residents. He initiated and financed the first open-air swimming pool in Schramberg at the southern end of today's Bernecksportplatz (1895).
In the years 1885/86 he built the Junghans' Villa, the later Parkhotel or Villa Junghans in the Park of the Times, which is named after him again today.
On April 10, 1911, the municipal council of Schramberg awarded honorary citizenship to Erhard Junghans, a fellow citizen who had rendered outstanding services to the town.
Albert Holzwarth was town mayor from 1878 to 1902 and thus the longest-serving head of the town. The rapid flourishing of the young industrial town was due in part to his farsightedness and energy.
He was awarded honorary citizenship on April 9, 1902.
On May 18, 1887, the municipal council of the town of Schramberg appointed Mr. Karl Leibbrand, government director in Stuttgart, as the first honorary citizen of the town of Schramberg. It was thanks to his tireless efforts as a member of parliament for the Oberndorf district in the Stuttgart state parliament that Schramberg was connected to the railroad in 1892.
Karl Leibbrand was a recognized expert in bridge construction. But Karl Leibbrand not only made a name for himself as a construction expert, he was also a passionate politician. For example, he won the election of members of the Stuttgart state parliament for the Oberndorf district in 1875.
Pastor Julius Bundschu earned great merits as an extremely active pastor in Waldmössingen, Lauterbach, Sulgen and especially Heiligenbronn. After his appointment as 1st pastor of the newly established parish in Heiligenbronn, he established it and was there for 28 years an extremely beneficially active clergyman.
On June 13, 1931, the municipal council of Sulgen appointed Pastor Julius Bundschu of Heiligenbronn an honorary citizen of the municipality of Sulgen on the occasion of his 50th anniversary as a priest.
During his 28 years of service at Heiligenbronn Monastery, Superior Göser rendered great services to the further development of those institutions through several structural extensions and improvements to the building fabric, the acquisition of the castle in Baindt for a children's home, the construction of the "Maria Hilf" hospital and the "Kurhaus St. Elisabeth" in Freudenstadt.
On the occasion of his 25 years as provost of the Heiligenbronn monastery, the Sulgen municipal council appointed him an honorary citizen of the municipality of Sulgen on June 5, 1926.
In 1911 Josef Kaltenbacher became council clerk of the then municipality of Kath. Tennenbronn and was elected mayor after his return from military service. Following the train of time, he was instrumental in the unification of the two communities of Kath. and Evang. Tennenbronn. After the unification of Tennenbronn was established, Josef Kaltenbacher Sr. was unanimously elected as the first mayor of the entire community (1922). Major goals of the community, mainly in water and electricity supply, were energetically tackled and enforced by him. In difficult times, former mayor Kaltenbach led the new community with wisdom, energy and wise foresight, without regard to person, class or denomination, for the benefit of all citizens. Even through the difficult years of the Third Reich and the war period, Tennenbronn was sovereignly led by Josef Kaltenbacher. Thanks to his outstanding personality, the community of Tennenbronn was spared political crises, as other towns had to suffer to a greater or lesser extent.
On 28.05.1954 he was appointed honorary citizen.
Johann Georg Staiger entered the service of the community of Tennenbronn as early as 1913. After the First World War, he worked towards the goal of uniting the two communities of Tennenbronn, which were still independent at that time. Through his correctness, his justice and his diligence, he earned the respect of the entire community. A special affair of the heart for him was the insurance business. He was therefore a trusted advisor to many citizens. As a registrar and land registrar, too, he was a man of the trade and was held in high esteem by all notaries. Despite retirement, he made his strength available and participated in land registry days, introduced young municipal accountants and did the accounting of the municipality. In addition, he belonged to the local court for a long time.
For all these services to the community, Johann Georg Staiger was awarded honorary citizenship on April 21, 1956.
As mayor (1945 - 1969), Josef Kaltenbacher pursued only one goal in tireless and successful work, setting aside personal advantages and comforts: To rebuild the community from the ruins of a devastating war and to lay the foundation for a better and more peaceful future with his work. During his time in office, he was able to implement many building measures, including the sports and festival hall, the sports field "Auf dem Schächle" and the "Neue Schule", the current elementary and secondary school. It is thanks to his energy and exemplary commitment that the community has become an upwardly mobile community. In addition, he worked for many years as a district councilor in the district of Villingen.
On November 19, 1970, he was appointed honorary citizen of the community. Due to his versatile commitment as mayor, local politician, in honorary office and his services to the community, the honorary citizen of Tennenbronn was awarded the Staufer Medal of the State of Baden-Württemberg in 2008.
Josef Kaltenbacher died on February 14, 2011 at the age of 100.
Heinrich Zehnder founded a small bar turning shop in Tennenbronn in 1927, in the middle of the economic crisis. Thanks to his perseverance and courage in founding an economic enterprise in such a difficult time and, moreover, in an economically unfavorable location, he managed to employ about 250 people and the same number of home workers. However, he not only achieved great things in his company, he also worked and rendered outstanding services in the field of associations as well as in the social and charitable sector for the benefit of the general public.
On November 21, 1978, he received the certificate of honorary citizenship and also the Federal Cross of Merit on behalf of the Federal President.
For the first time in the history of the community of Tennenbronn, a married couple was awarded honorary citizenship. In recognition of her services to the cultivation of the local dialect, Esther Haas was awarded the honorary citizenship. Erwin Haas was awarded honorary citizenship for his services in researching local history. The couple Haas engaged themselves in an exemplary way for the promotion of the local community, among other things with the co-operation of the production of the local chronicle and the publication of their homeland book for the 800-year existence of the municipality.
The honor finally took place on May 15, 1981.