Franz Varelmann

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Franz Varelmann (born November 3, 1904 in Lohne ; † October 17, 1978 ibid) was a German politician ( CDU ).

Life and work

After attending primary school, Varelmann completed an apprenticeship as a carpenter. He then took economic courses and worked as a carpenter. He was active in the Catholic workers' movement from 1920 , joined the Christian Woodworkers Association and was chairman of the district cartel of the Christian trade unions in Vechta until 1933 . From 1929 to 1932 he worked as a freelance journalist, from 1932 to 1940 he worked as an employee and editor for the Osnabrücker Volkszeitung and the Neue Volksblätter . From 1940 to 1945 he took part in the Second World War as a soldier .

From 1946 Varelmann worked as a welfare clerk at the district administration in Vechta, resumed his trade union activity and in the same year became DGB chairman in the Vechta district. In addition, he was a member of the board of directors of the Oldenburg-Bremen state insurance company and, from 1953, chairman of the administrative committee of the Vechta employment office.

Political party

Before 1933, Varelmann was a member of the Center Party . In 1945 he joined the CDU. He was involved in the party's social committees, was elected state chairman of the Christian Democratic Workers' Union (CDA) Oldenburg in 1951 and was a member of the CDA federal executive committee.


Varelmann was a member of the German Bundestag from 1953 to 1972. He was always elected to parliament via the Lower Saxony state list . The focus of his political work was social policy .



  • Rudolf Vierhaus , Ludolf Herbst (eds.), Bruno Jahn (collaborators): Biographical manual of the members of the German Bundestag. 1949-2002. Vol. 2: N-Z. Attachment. KG Saur, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-598-23782-0 , p. 893.
  • Gert Hohmann: The social politician Franz Varelmann (1904-1978) . In: Laon - Lohne 2004 (Ed .: Heimatverein Lohne). Lohne 2004, pp. 121–124. ISBN 3-9809372-0-8