Erich Arp

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Erich Arp (born December 21, 1909 in Horneburg , † December 20, 1999 ) was a German politician ( SPD ). He was Minister of Labor from 1946 to 1947 and Minister of Agriculture of Schleswig-Holstein from 1947 to 1948 .


After finishing secondary school , Arp studied philosophy , education , law and economics at the universities in Hamburg and Berlin . In 1933 he had to leave Germany temporarily for political reasons and emigrated to Amsterdam . After his return in 1934 he worked as a manufacturer in Pinneberg and Elmshorn . In 1941 Erich Arp took over the Hamburg glass house and turned the retail shop for porcelain, crystal and glass into a specialist wholesaler for gastronomy and large kitchen supplies. After the Second World War he was an independent businessman.

Erich Arp was married and had four children. The art collector Arp was also long-time chairman of the Griffelkunst-Vereinigung Hamburg and was friends with Andreas Paul Weber . In this context he also published some writings. He died on December 20, 1999, the day before his 90th birthday.

Political party

As a student, Arp joined the SPD in 1930. He was the head of the Berlin student group "Academic Legion" of the Reichsbanner Schwarz-Rot-Gold . In 1945 he was elected to the state executive committee of the SPD in Schleswig-Holstein. On January 16, 1949, he resigned from the SPD in order to forestall an expulsion process for connections with the SED , and was initially non-party. In 1951, together with Heinrich Christian Meier , he was significantly involved in the German Congress for the "Opposition Social Democrats" , where he acted as the conference chair on March 17 and 18, 1951. The German Congress, at which representatives of far-left groups as well as neutralist nationalists such as Günther Gereke's German Social Party and Joachim von Ostau's block of national unification were represented, demanded in a declaration passed there, elections to an all-German parliament, the formation of an economic and political federation of all German areas as well as the demilatarization and neutrality of Germany as a whole. In 1957 he rejoined the SPD.


After 1945 Arp belonged to the district council of the Pinneberg district .

From 1946 to 1950 Arp was a member of the state parliament of Schleswig-Holstein . From May 7th to November 11th 1946 he was deputy chairman of the committee for food, agriculture and forestry. On January 15, 1949, he left the SPD parliamentary group and was a member of the state parliament until he left as a non-attached member . Arp was a member of the first and second appointed Landtag and entered the Landtag as a directly elected member of the Husum constituency in the first legislative period .

From 1961 to 1974 he was a member of the Hamburg Parliament .

Public offices

From March 13 to November 22, 1946, Arp was Deputy Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forestry in the government of Schleswig-Holstein led by Upper President Theodor Steltzer .

On December 2, 1946, he was then appointed Minister for Construction and Labor. After the first state election in 1947, in which the SPD won an absolute majority , he was appointed Minister of Food, Agriculture and Forestry on April 29, 1947 in the state government now headed by Prime Minister Hermann Lüdemann .

On February 2, 1948, he resigned from this office.


There has been an Erich-Arp-Platz in Elmshorn since 2007.

See also


  • The population movement in Germany, England and France during and after the war. Hamburg, 1923. (?)
  • Program of the Christian Democratic Union and some social democratic marginal notes. Hanseatische Druckanstalt, Hamburg 1946.
  • Three-year plan for Elmshorn / Speech by Erich Arp at an Elmshorn SPD rally in October 1946. Hanseatische Druckanstalt, Hamburg 1946.
  • Potatoes 1946/47. Social Democratic Press Service 1946 , no. 24 (September 25, 1946), p. 5.
  • Report by State Minister Arp to the 6th session of the Schleswig-Holstein Landtag on March 28, 1947 on the requirements and demands for a development in Schleswig-Holstein.
  • (Ed.): A. Paul Weber. Catalog raisonné d. Stylus art; Woodcuts and Lithographs from 1939–1981. Christians, Hamburg 1981.
  • (Ed.): A. Paul Weber. Critical graphics and British images. Christians, Hamburg 1985.
  • (Ed.): Alfred Kubin in Hamburg. Christians, Hamburg 1989.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Gudrun Hentges , From the “Central Office for Homeland Service” to the “Federal Center for Political Education” , Springer VS , Wiesbaden 2013, ISBN 978-3-531-18670-2 , pages 186–190.