Friedhelm Farthmann

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Friedhelm Farthmann, 1982

Friedhelm Farthmann (born November 25, 1930 in Bad Oeynhausen ) is a German politician ( SPD ). From 1975 to 1985 he was Minister for Labor, Health and Social Affairs of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and from 1985 to 1995 chairman of the SPD parliamentary group.


Friedhelm Farthmann studied law and political science in Göttingen from 1952 . There he received his doctorate in 1961. He is a member of the Königsberg fraternity Gothia zu Göttingen . From 1957 to 1958 he was an assistant at the Dortmund Social Academy and from 1958 to 1959 an assistant at the University of Heidelberg . From 1961 to 1965 he was a consultant at the Economic Institute (WWI) of the trade unions in Düsseldorf. From 1965 to 1971 head of the co-determination department, later the social policy department in the federal board of the German Trade Union Federation (DGB). From 1971 to 1973 Farthmann worked as managing director of the Economic and Social Science Institute (WSI) of the German Federation of Trade Unions in Düsseldorf. In 1973 Farthmann was appointed honorary professor by the Free University of Berlin .

Friedhelm Farthmann is married for the second time and has two children.


Political party

Farthmann has been a member of the SPD since 1958. In 1977 he ran for the presidency of the NRW-SPD. He lost in a vote against Johannes Rau , which was also a preliminary decision for the office of Prime Minister. From 1979 on he was a member of the state executive committee of the SPD North Rhine-Westphalia . In the election for the first Thuringian state parliament on October 14, 1990 , Farthmann ran as the top candidate of the SPD, but could not prevail against the CDU candidate Josef Duchač . From 1991 to 1992 he was a member of the Thuringia regional board of the SPD and from 1986 to 1993 a member of the federal board of the SPD.


From 1971 to 1975 he was a member of the German Bundestag . In 1971 he moved into the Bundestag as a successor on the state list of the SPD North Rhine-Westphalia and in 1972 won a direct mandate in the Rheydt - Grevenbroich II constituency . From 1980 until the state election in 1995 he was a member of the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. Since he could not win a direct mandate in 1995 and no list applicant received a mandate for the SPD, he was only able to move back into the state parliament as the first successor in November 1995, to which he was a member until 2000.

Public offices

From 1975 to 1985 he was Minister for Labor, Health and Social Affairs for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. From 1985 to 1995 he was chairman of the SPD state parliamentary group in North Rhine-Westphalia, although re-election in 1995 was opposed to the fact that he initially did not receive a new state parliament mandate. During this time, as a strict opponent of the women's quota, he coined the term “tit socialism”, with which he criticized the gender, not personal suitability-oriented composition of party committees, as well as the desperate efforts to use gender-neutral language. He also made repeated efforts to expedite the deportation of criminal foreigners.

Honorary positions

Fahrtmann was chairman of the board of trustees of the German Foundation for Patient Protection for many years and is now its honorary chairman.


From 1983 to 1990 Farthmann was a member of the newly established advisory board of the non-profit Bertelsmann Foundation .


Farthmann was awarded the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin in 1996. In 2001 he received the Herbert Gruhl Prize of the Herbert Gruhl Society , named after the author of A Planet is Plundered . V. In March 2006 he received the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia . In 1986 he received the Marie Juchacz plaque from the Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO) and the VFA plaque from the board of the North Rhine-Westphalia regional group of the Association of Freelance Architects in Germany (VFA) in the same year.


  • Decision years. Life between freedom and order , Düsseldorf 1980.
  • Look ahead in anger. Call for a radical new beginning for the SPD , Düsseldorf 1996. (Sharp criticism of the left-wing course of his party stated by F.)

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Individual evidence

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  2. Jochen Leffers: Fraternity members should stay outside. In: Spiegel Online. November 16, 2005, accessed December 1, 2014 .
  3. ^ SPD in North Rhine-Westphalia: Rau made the race. In: . July 8, 1977. Retrieved January 7, 2017 .
  4. The professor does the accounts. In: . June 27, 1996, accessed January 7, 2017 .
  5. ^ State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia: State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia : Detailed view of the MP Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Farthmann. In: June 17, 2014, accessed January 7, 2017 .
  6. Friedhelm Farthmann, . In: Der Spiegel . No. 27 , 1992 ( online ).
  7. Till-R. Stoldt: Authoritarian, social and successful :. In: . March 7, 2010, accessed January 7, 2017 .
  8. “They come whether we like it or not” . In: Der Spiegel . No. 15 , 1992 ( online ).
  9. ^ Organs of the German Foundation for Patient Protection
  10. Chronicle. Bertelsmann Stiftung, accessed on May 18, 2020 .