Alfred Dick

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Alfred Dick (born December 6, 1927 in Passau ; † March 7, 2005 in Straubing ) was a German politician ( CSU ) and Bavarian State Minister for Environmental Issues (1977–1990).


Dick was born the son of a carpenter. He had three younger and four older siblings. After attending primary school, he completed pedagogical training at the teacher training institutes in Zangberg and Munich-Pasing . This was interrupted by the labor service and the subsequent draft for military service . Dick spent half a year in hospital because of a serious wound and was taken prisoner by the British at the end of the war . He then continued his training at the teacher training institute in Straubing from 1946 and passed the first teaching examination in 1949 and the second in 1952.


From 1949 to 1953, Dick worked in the public school in Passau . He was then transferred to the student dormitory of the Straubing teacher training college as a home educator . After being promoted to director of the German Gymnasium in Straubing in 1958, he managed the institution until 1970.

Even during his time in Passau, Dick volunteered for the Catholic youth, where he was also the Dean's youth leader. In 1952, Dick organized and directed the educational holiday weeks in Schweiklberg for the first time .

Political career

Dick was a member of the Bavarian State Parliament between 1962 and 1994 , and from 1970 to 1990 he worked in the Free State 's cabinet , initially as State Secretary . From 1977 to 1990 he was Minister of State for Environmental Issues.

Political positions

Dick's tenure was marked by heated controversy. During his tenure in the Ministry of the Environment, the consequences of nuclear energy and the construction of the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal were of central importance . After Dick in 1982 forbade the criticism of the Federal Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND), among other things, of the state government's adherence to major projects such as the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal and the promotion of nuclear power, its chairman Gerhard Thielcke complained in a letter Dick the discipline of the association.

Consequences of Chernobyl

The security measures after the Chernobyl reactor disaster fell into Dick's area of ​​responsibility . He became known in the media when he ate cesium-137 contaminated whey in front of the camera to show how harmless it was. He commented on this with the words “It doesn't do me anything!” Hannelore Saibold , a member of the Green Party, accused Dick of “criminal trivialization”.

After Alfred Dick's death, the former spokesman for the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment, Günter Grass, reported that "the minister known for his shrewdness [...] put his middle finger in the whey powder and licked off his index finger" in order to pretend that the milk product was supposed to be safe.

In connection with around 100 railway wagons with contaminated whey powder standing on a siding near Rosenheim , Dick suggested that the whey, which is contaminated with up to 5000 Becquerel, be fed to farm animals. The whey was later fed to Bavarian livestock after it had been temporarily stored at various locations and processed in a 70 million DM facility in the Lingen nuclear power plant, which had already been shut down .


In September 1985, Dick issued the first partial permit for the construction of the Wackersdorf nuclear reprocessing plant . In this regard, he explained that the system concept was suitable to operate safely and without endangering life, health and property of third parties. In this context, he called them “indispensable”.

Dick explained that the Bavarian attitude towards Wackersdorf was clear and unambiguous. The technology is mature and the potential for danger is low. He stated that a disposal concept without reprocessing was neither ecologically nor economically justifiable, and that Bavaria would continue to "make its contribution". Scientists accused Dick as a result of the fact that the appraisers commissioned by his company had failed to “investigate the very essential safety risks of the plant”.

Rhine-Main-Danube Canal

Dick was an advocate of the expansion of the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal , he described it as the "magic triangle between regional development, economic growth and environmental protection" for the Free State.

Private life

He had been married since 1957 and had three children.

Dick succumbed to the consequences of a heart attack that he suffered during a speech in the Straubing City Council (of which he had been a member since 1956).


Web links


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  8. Only crazy people can be against it . In: Der Spiegel . No. 5 , 1985 ( online - Jan. 28, 1985 ).
  9. Hoi a ship . In: Der Spiegel . No. 32 , 1981 ( online - August 3, 1981 ).
  10. Announcement of awards of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In: Federal Gazette . Vol. 25, No. 43, March 9, 1973.
  11. Announcement of awards of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In: Federal Gazette . Vol. 28, No. 63, unknown edition .
  12. Announcement of awards of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In: Federal Gazette . Vol. 30, No. 172, September 13, 1978.