Konrad Kittl - some biographical details

  • born on January 12, 1931 in Munich, died on May 31, 2015 in Munich
  • Member of the SPD/trade union since 1.12.1953
  • "has been working in renowned Munich law firms in E-related matters since 1954" (see his letter dated June 26, 1963 to the Stuttgart District Court, Pola Fuchs file
  • worked on compensation cases in the law firm of Dr. Wolf until around 1963, before opening his own law firm (see letter dated July 16, 1963 to Mr. Veit, Chairman of the SPD parliamentary group in the Baden-Württemberg state parliament, Pola Fuchs file). However, he continued to work with Dr. Wolf and continued to handle Dr. Wolf's cases
  • he was able to obtain payments "between 10 and 15 million in compensation" for his clients (letter to the Bar Association for the Munich Higher Regional Court District, 17 September 1973)
  • In the course of pursuing what was probably a hopeless case, a colleague from Stuttgart wrote that he had fought "with excessive vehemence" in some cases and wrote that "it is really more important that you, as a lawyer in compensation matters, retain your good and reputable reputation". He also mentioned the "good reputation that (he) had enjoyed, especially before the 7th Senate". Kittl, combative, replies: "Dear colleague, in recent years I have come to the conclusion that one should not put up with anything from a court" and "that we lawyers simply do not need to be bullied by any judge". And further, "the anger of the presiding judge could at most stem from the fact that the Federal Court of Justice has already overturned two judgments of the Stuttgart Higher Regional Court on my appeals." (Kires file)
  • Defense of students of the 68 movement:
    • "Konni, I thank you with all my heart for defending many of us with wisdom and wit, even though you knew that we were fighting a losing battle and that we often couldn't pay your legal fees," Günther Gerstenberg, funeral oration, http://protest-muenchen.sub-bavaria.de/artikel/5042).
    • "What did he do? He stood by us. By many of the SDS, the APO, the anti-authoritarians, the autonomists. Even when the prospects were hopeless. He stood by us, even though we were the scum, the scum, the left-wing radicals." (see above)
  • later he specialized in labor law and the defense of employees. He conducted training courses for works and staff councils
  • 1980s and 1990s: lecturer in labor law in Munich
  • at the same time, he documented the emergence of the graffiti scene in Munich with Peter Kreuzer, taking countless photos (see the book "ZAR ZIP FLY ZORO" published by Klick-Klack Publishing). And he defended the young graffiti artists, accepting "pieces" from them as payment.
  • According to his own assessment: "I was never a lawyer like all the others" (interview with Klick Klack Publishing)
  • The files show that he was very committed to his clients: In the case of Pola Fuchs, for example, where in his opinion the current case law was disregarded, he turned to the Baden-Württemberg SPD state parliamentary group. He also writes that the Stuttgart state compensation office disregarded this in other cases as well. Overall, he accuses the authority of doing everything it can to reject notifications. In a letter from Konrad Kittl dated February 6, 1963 to the "Social Democratic Parliamentary Group in the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg", he explains:
        "It is indeed the case – and this is not only the opinion of the undersigned, but also the opinion of all colleagues who represent compensation cases in Stuttgart – that the compensation authority is looking for excuses that enable it to reject the claims of those persecuted." Kittl still manages to reach a settlement. In 1967, Kittl still felt that the Stuttgart Compensation Office was "failing in all its endeavors due to the stubbornness of the local authorities, who know how to camouflage their compensation sabotage very well with formal correctness." (Kires file).
  • In a letter to a colleague, he reprimands: "You seem to have lost all interest in appealing lately. But that's not the way to do it, after all, we can't just take care of the easy cases and leave the difficult ones." (File Boris Mandelbaum)