Antje Huber

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Loki Schmidt receives female MPs in the Chancellor's bungalow. 4th from right: Antje Huber

Antje Huber b. Pust (born May 23, 1924 in Stettin ; † September 30, 2015 in Essen ) was a German journalist and politician ( SPD ). From 1976 to 1982 she was Federal Minister for Youth, Family and Health.


The daughter of an elementary school teacher grew up in Berlin and passed her A -levels in 1942 at the Goethe-Lyzeum Lichterfelde-Ost . She then completed a journalistic training and from 1946 worked as a sports journalist in Berlin, later in Essen for the Neue Rhein / Ruhr-Zeitung . In 1950 she married her colleague at the Neue Rhein / Ruhr-Zeitung, Karl Huber. From 1961 to 1962 she studied economics and business administration, sociology, labor law, ergonomics and social policy at the Dortmund Social Academy , where she then worked as a director of studies until 1969.

After her political career, she was chairman of the support committee for the Essen workers' welfare organization , she campaigned for the preservation of the game reserve in the Heissiwald in Essen- Heisingen and was chairwoman of the board of trustees of the Welge Steinkühler Foundation for the Albert Schweitzer animal shelter in Essen.

After a serious leg injury, Huber last lived in a nursing home in Essen, where she died on the night of September 30, 2015 at the age of 91. She was buried in the mountain cemetery in Essen- Fischlaken .


In 1948 she became a member of the SPD, and later also in the subdistrict, district and state executive committee of the North Rhine-Westphalian SPD. From November 1975 to 1978 she was a member of the SPD federal executive committee and from January 1978 to 1984 the federal presidium of the SPD.

At the local political level, she was a member of the City Council of Essen from 1964.

From 1969 to 1987 she was a member of the German Bundestag . As a member of parliament, she represented the constituency of Essen III from 1969 to 1980 and, as a member of parliament, initially dealt primarily with financial policy.

Public offices

After the federal election in 1976 , she was appointed to succeed Katharina Focke (SPD) on December 16, 1976 as Federal Minister for Youth, Family and Health in the federal government led by Chancellor Helmut Schmidt .

During Huber's term of office, among other things, the introduction of the then six-month maternity leave with a given job guarantee as well as the regulation of a maintenance advance for single parents.

On April 7, 1982 Huber resigned from office due to fatigue. The reason for this official fatigue was the austerity policy of the federal government, which also affected its department, in particular the cuts in child benefit in the 1982 budget. On the occasion of the cabinet reshuffle on April 28, 1982, she left the federal government for good.


Web links

Commons : Antje Huber  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Frank Stenglein: Essen SPD politician Antje Huber died at the age of 91. In: WAZ , September 30, 2015. Accessed on July 29, 2019.
  2. a b c d e Antje Huber; In: Historisches Portal Essen ; accessed on July 29, 2019
  3. Wolfgang Kintscher: A voice of social democracy falls silent , in: (October 1, 2015).
  4. Bowed head. With her resignation, Health Minister Huber disavowed the Chancellor: Schmidt ran away before he could fire them . In: Der Spiegel 15/1982, April 12, 1982, pp. 25-29. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  5. a b Federal President's Office