Hans Wilhelmi

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Hans Wilhelmi (born August 27, 1899 in Mainz , † June 5, 1970 in Frankfurt am Main ) was a German politician ( CDU ).

From 1960 to 1961 he was Federal Minister for Economic Property of the Federation .

education and profession

Wilhelmi was a son of Colonel and regimental commander Ludwig Wilhelm Wilhelmi (1859–1914) and his wife Sophie, nee. Kalle (1868-1920). He grew up in Jüterbog, Stettin, Saarbrücken and Frankfurt am Main. In the First World War he was seriously injured as a flag boy and received the Iron Cross 1st class. 1919 Wilhelmi made the High School and then completed a study of the law and economics in Göttingen and Bonn , which he in 1923 with the graduation to the Dr. jur. ended with the work The Reichsheimstättengesetz of May 10, 1920 . He had been a member of the Corps Hannovera since 1919 . From 1924 he worked as a lawyer and from 1932 also as a notary in Frankfurt am Main. Originally associated with a Jewish colleague, after his emigration in 1933 he joined forces with his colleague Karl Rasor to form a law firm. In 1936 Wilhelmi and Rasor merged their law firm with that of their colleagues Jacob Flesch and Otto Wedesweiler. Flesch, who had been banned from practicing as a “half-Jew”, limited himself to working as a legal employee during the Third Reich.

Together with Wedesweiler and Herbert Wörbelauer, he founded the Association of German National Jurists as a counterpart to the National Socialist Association of Lawyers . and together with them was a well-known opponent of National Socialism, who was defamed personally in the Stürmer in 1937 as a “senseless lawyer” for “Jewish silver coins”.

Wilhelmi was drafted into the Wehrmacht in 1939 . He served as a major and regimental commander and received the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class. In 1945 he returned from captivity. Together with his colleagues, he resumed work in the law firm, which as a law firm with four lawyer notaries was the largest law firm in Frankfurt am Main after the war. As a lawyer, he became known in particular through the commentary on the German Stock Corporation Act, which he and Reinhard von Godin had published since 1937 . The office was continued by his sons Carl-Heinz and Sylvester Wilhelmi.

Political party

In 1945 Wilhelmi was one of the founders of the CDU.


From 1946 to 1957 he was a member of the Frankfurt city council and during this time chairman of the CDU parliamentary group .

From 1957 to 1969 he was a member of the German Bundestag . Here he was from 1964 to 1969 chairman of the legal committee.

Hans Wilhelmi has always entered the Bundestag via the Hesse state list.

Public offices

On May 4, 1960, he was appointed as the successor to the late Hermann Lindrath as Federal Minister for Economic Property in the Federal Government ( Adenauer III cabinet ) headed by Chancellor Konrad Adenauer . After the general election in 1961 , the strengthened FDP claimed the treasury, so that Wilhelmi had to leave the federal government on November 14, 1961 .

Social offices

Wilhelmi had been a synodal member of the Evangelical Church in Frankfurt am Main since the 1920s and was one of the founders of the Confessing Church there in 1934 . In 1936 he became President of the Confession Synod of the Evangelical Church in Nassau-Hessen. From 1947 to 1969 he was President of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau .



  • v. Godin / Wilhelmi: Stock Corporation Act. Comment.


Web links

Commons : Hans Wilhelmi  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Kösener Corpslisten 1960, 42 , 897.
  2. 200 years of business lawyers in Germany , pp. 17, 153 ff.
  3. 200 years of business lawyers in Germany , p. 18.
  4. Internet presence