Heinrich Gillessen

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Heinrich Gillessen (born June 17, 1896 in Eschweiler , Aachen district , † March 3, 1979 ) was a German politician ( CDU of the GDR ). He was Minister for Trade and Supply for the State of Thuringia .


After attending high school, Gillessen studied law at the universities of Berlin, Bonn and Cologne. He was promoted to Dr. jur. doctorate and entered the civil service. From 1939 to 1942 he worked as managing director of a textile company in Euskirchen and from January 1943 to 1944 as a department head in the clothing industry business group in Berlin and Sonneberg .

After the Second World War he became a member of the CDU in the Soviet zone of occupation and, in 1946, managing director of the Thuringian clothing industry in Greiz . In December 1946 he was appointed city councilor for the finance and law departments in Greiz and a member of the denazification commission . On March 8, 1948, he was elected Minister for Trade and Supply by the Thuringian State Parliament as the successor to the resigned Minister Georg Grosse . On October 10, 1949, the Thuringian state parliament elected him a member of the provisional chamber of the GDR . After a review of the working methods of his ministry by the GDR Ministry of Trade and Supply, he resigned as minister on July 5, 1950 and fled to Bavaria via West Berlin in August 1950 . He was then expelled from the CDU by the CDU state executive. On February 7, 1951, he was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Erfurt Regional Court for sabotage. Gillessen was accused of not having designed the administration of his ministry "close to the people" and of advocating the release of the Greiz "textile sliders" from prison.

Gillessen became a member of the CSU and lived in Wasserburg am Inn . In 1957 he was arrested in Passau on suspicion of being an agent for the GDR , but rehabilitated on February 5, 1960.

Gillessen died at the age of 82.


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Individual evidence

  1. The Diets elected their representatives . In: Neue Zeit , October 11, 1949, p. 1.
  2. ^ Minister Gillessen resigned . In: Berliner Zeitung , July 7, 1950, p. 2.
  3. Dr. Gillessen excluded from the CDU . In: Neue Zeit, August 27, 1950, p. 2.
  4. Carelessness led to ruin. Eight years in prison for Dr. Gillessen. In: Thüringer Tageblatt of February 8, 1951.
  5. ^ Jan Foitzik, Nikita W. Petrow: The Soviet secret services in the SBZ / GDR from 1945 to 1953 , Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-11-023014-7 , p. 343.
  6. Heinrich Gillessen in the finding aid of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (accessed on October 13, 2016).