Dr. Dorothee von Velsen

Title: Dr.
Prename: Dorothee von
Surname: Velsen
Profession: Historian, writer
Birthday: 11/29/1883
Place of birth: Zabrze
Date of death: 05/16/1970
Place of death: Kochel am See
Education: Girls’ boarding school in Weimar; trains as auxiliary nurse; until 1914 Women’s School of Social Work in Berlin; 1925 university studies (history, economics, theology) in Berlin and history, history of Christianity, philosophy in Heidelberg; 1928 doctorate
Career: 1914 National Women’s Service in Berlin; 1915–16 assists Marie-Elisabeth Lüders in establishing a welfare department in Brussels; 1917–18 organizes the Women’s Fatherland Service in Breslau (Wroclaw) and Kiev; 1933–45 retires from political life, works as a writer; after 1945 participates in the reestablishment of West German women’s organizations
Memberships: 1919 German Democratic Party (DDP); 1919–21 executive director, Federation of German Women’s Associations (BDF); 1920–33 president, Association of Women Citizens (Staatsbürgerinnenverband); 1926–33 German Federation of University Women (DAB); 1949 DAB, Staatsbürgerinnenverband
Biographical literature: Marie-Elisabeth Lüders, *Dorothee von Velsen. Versuch zu einem Lebensbild. Eine Würdigung zu ihrem 80. Geburtstag am 29.11.1963* (Bonn: Freie Demokratische Partei, 1963); Bärbel Maul, *Akademikerinnen der Nachkriegszeit. Ein Vergleich zwischen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und der DDR* (Frankfurt/Main: Campus, 2002), 426; [*Neue Deutsche Biographie*, "Dorothee von Velsen"](http://www.deutsche-biographie.de/sfzV0367.html)
Major works: Über Freundschaft (1923); *Die Gegenreformation in den Fürstentümern Liegnitz-Brieg-Wohlau* (Verlag: Leipzig, 1931); *Die königlichen Kinder* (Berlin: Bott, 1937); *Das goldene Tor* (Jena: E. Diederichs, 1939); *Der Graf Mercy* (Jena: E. Diederichs, 1943); *Wir leben eine Spanne Zeit* (Tübingen: R. Wunderlich, 1951); *Im Alter die Fülle. Erinnerungen* (Tübingen: R. Wunderlich, 1956)