Marina Weisband

Marina Weis band (Ukrainian / Russian Марина Вайсбанд; born October 4, 1987 in Kiev ) is a German politician of Ukrainian origin. She was from May 2011 to April 2012 political Managing Director and member of the National Executive Board of the Pirate Party Germany.


Background and education

Weis band grew up as a child of a Jewish family in Kiev on first. In 1994, she moved with her parents in the course of the arrangements for quota refugees to Germany, where the family settled in Wuppertal. Weis band completed her Abitur at the Carl- Fuhlrott High School in Wuppertal since 2006 and studied psychology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster. Since December 2013, it is a qualified psychologist.


Weis band came 16 months after the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl (26 April 1986) to the world, less than 100 km from the stricken reactor. It was considered a Chernobyl child and had severe health problems, probably related to their statement after the radiation exposure. At the age of four, she was a long time in hospital and had to fight in the following months with diseases. On the insistence of the doctors her family finally left with her ​​the Ukraine.

Policy since 2009

In 2009, Weis band joined the Pirate Party. For the Münster University Pirates she sat from December 2010 to November 2011 on the 53rd Student Council of the University of Münster. She is a member of the District Association Münster in North Rhine-Westphalia state association. On the national party 2011 in Heidenheim an der Brenz on May 15, 2011, she was elected as the successor to Christopher Lauer on Political Director of the Pirate Party of Germany; the office is similar to the federal manager of other parties.

Weis band is committed to the " teaching of democratic values ​​to students and young people ", and for a self- motivated and free learning. " Common sense " should be enforced in the youth protection, because " to protect children in particular, protects children do not ." Education is the " prerequisite for the knowledge society ". Furthermore Weis band would facilitate the recognition of foreign qualifications.

In response to a recent survey, from September 2011, in which the Pirate Party nationwide stood at seven percent, according to the most voters saw a protest party in pirate, Weis band told the news portal, their party is not a " protest party with permanent veto, " the pirates had " concrete goals such as more transparency in politics. "

In October 2011, participated with the party chairman Sebastian mink, the Group Chairman in the Berlin House of Representatives Andreas Baum and Marina Weis band for the first time some members of the Pirate Party at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin. Weis band cited the goals of the party above all " education in all shades - early childhood education, education as a prerequisite for political participation, education as a condition for a responsible life " and " Internet freedom and transparency of political processes." In addition he expects the Pirates to a " fundamental change in political style ." When asked about other differences to other parties, they said: "We have not a program but an operating system. "

In the course of discussion on how to deal with former NPD members in their own ranks, they distanced themselves publicly from the party chairman mink and stated that this talk of " sins of youth " was inappropriate.

On January 25, 2012 gave Weis band their withdrawal from the party leadership known. The reason they called health problems and the desire to write their thesis in psychology; this was due to the transition to the Bachelor / Master system at the University of Münster possible only until the summer semester 2013. She wants to continue to be involved in the party.

After abandoning a second term, she informed that she was exposed to during her tenure anti-Semitic insults. In an interview, she explained, but that was no reason for their withdrawal. As one of the reasons she called the unexpected success of her party, it was not him grown and therefore need a break. Furthermore, it was been agreed that they only do a legislature.

After the failure of the party exclusion proceedings against the Holocaustrelativierer and historical revisionists Bodo Thiesen Weis band called in April 2012 to proceed rigorously against anti-Semitic and racist members. "It's bullshit that we have to tolerate extreme right-wing opinions. "

Others commitment

Weis band pressed the side as a freelance artist. A selection of her drawings and painting was exhibited in 2009 in a cultural center in Mülheim an der Ruhr. In addition, she is involved in the non-profit Wuppertal parents association " 3 x 3" V. Since November 2011, she writes a blog on FAZ.NET.


Weis band lives in Münster ( Westphalia). On June 1, 2013 she married. It is committed to the Jewish religion. Besides German, she also possesses the Ukrainian citizenship.


To mark the program Congress of the Pirate Party in December 2011 in Offenbach wrote Spiegel Online: "In Offenbach also shows who is the new star of the party: Marina Weis band. [ ... ] And in Offenbach shows how important Marina Weis band is for the cohesion of the party " Focus Online concludes: ". . She is the one to which all can agree in the hall "

The NDR - TV media magazine Zapp reported in January 2012 on the use of media with Weis band.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper wrote as a farewell to Marina Weis band in April 2012: " It has far for the Pirates of the party members also raised more social capital than probably any other party politicians in recent years. "

Book Release

In March 2013 her first book was We call it politics at the Leipzig Book Fair presented. Two weeks previously was provided for free on demand an unedited version. The Klett- Cotta Verlag stated not to be pleased, but not wanting to take action against the publication. The sale of e-books was already provided without copy protection. Weis band intended that any buyer of your book should redistribute it without restrictions on the network.

  • We call it politics. Ideas for a modern democracy. Tropical -Verlag (the label of Klett-Cotta ), Stuttgart 2013, ISBN 978-3-608-50319-7 (Extract (PDF, 1.6 MB), accessed on February 8, 2013).