Gertrud Aretz

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Gertrud Aretz (born March 24, 1915 in Mönchengladbach ; † March 30, 2004 in Neuwied ) was a German welfare worker and politician ( CDU ).


Gertrud Aretz was the daughter of the lathe operator and factory owner Peter Aretz († 1921) and Gertrud, geb. Knorr. She had an older and a younger brother. She spent her childhood and youth in Mönchengladbach, where she attended elementary school.

After several years of domestic work, Aretz completed an apprenticeship as a home economics teacher . From 1937 she attended the social women's school in Berlin , where she passed the exam as a welfare worker in 1941. Furthermore, she was able to complete a degree in Catholic theology with a special permit, although she did not have a high school diploma. She moved to Cologne in 1941 and initially worked as a works supervisor at the clothing company Forma Fabrik E. Doertenbach . When the company was bombed by Allied air raids in 1943, she switched to the Rheinische Draht- und Kabelwerke GmbH as a welfare worker , which was also destroyed towards the end of the Second World War .

After the war ended, Aretz was employed by the Cologne city council in 1945 , where she worked as a family welfare worker in the welfare and health department. This was followed by a year-long job as a factory worker until she accepted a position as an association secretary at the headquarters of the Catholic Workers' Movement (KAB). In 1953 she switched to the State Trade Inspectorate in Montabaur as an employee . She continued her education at the Administration Academy in Koblenz , received her degree and was accepted as a civil servant as a trade inspector. Until she retired, she worked at the Montabaur trade supervisory office, most recently as a trade councilor . In addition to her professional activity, she volunteered as a representative of the Diocese of Limburg for the Pontifical Missionary Organization of Catholic Women .

Aretz joined the CDU in 1950 and was elected to the board of the CDU district association Unterwesterwald. She was a board member of the Montabaur District Women's Association and the District Committees of the Christian Democratic Workers' Union (CDA). In the state elections in 1959 , she was elected to the Rhineland-Palatinate state parliament via the CDU state list, to which she belonged for an electoral period until 1963. In the state parliament she was a member of the economic and reconstruction committee.


  • The President of the Landtag Rhineland-Palatinate (Ed.): The representatives of the free people. The members of the Consultative State Assembly and the State Parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate from 1946 to 2015. Springer VS, Wiesbaden 2016, ISBN 978-3-658-04750-4 , pp. 27–28.
  • Hedwig Brüchert: Rhineland-Palatinate women: women in politics, society, economy and culture in the early years of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. (= Publications of the Parliament's Commission for the History of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate. 23). v. Hase and Koehler, Mainz 2001, pp. 24-25.

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