Hermann Lindrath

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Hermann Lindrath on an election poster for the 1957 federal election

Hermann Lindrath (born June 29, 1896 in Eisleben , † February 27, 1960 in Mannheim ) was a German politician ( CDU ). From 1957 until his death he was Federal Minister for Economic Property of the Federation .

Family grave of the former Federal Minister Hermann Lindrath in the Heidelberg Bergfriedhof in the (Dept. V)

education and profession

After graduating from the Luther Gymnasium in Eisleben in 1914 , Lindrath, who was of Protestant faith, took part in the First World War as a volunteer , received the Iron Cross 1st class and was taken prisoner by the French in 1916, from which he was only released in 1920. He then completed an apprenticeship as a banker and studied law and political science in Halle (Saale) . In 1922 he received his doctorate in political science with the work The mining law union and stock corporation as forms of enterprise in mining . From 1925 to 1945 he was a part-time lecturer and lecturer for auditing, financial law and accounting at the commercial college, the administration academy and the University of Halle. His main job was as a foreign exchange trader in Halle. From 1927 to 1930 he was significantly involved in the reorganization of the municipal companies in Halle / Saale, u. a. at the establishment of the works of the city of Halle AG. From 1929 to 1939 he was director of the city tax administration and then city councilor until 1941, finally full-time city councilor until 1945.

After the end of the war, he was briefly city treasurer in 1945 and then worked as a freelance auditor and tax advisor in Halle / Saale until 1951 . During this time he was arrested several times by the Soviet occupation authorities. In 1951 he finally fled to the Federal Republic of Germany. From 1951 he was a department head at Portland-Zementwerke Heidelberg AG. He was a member of the research advisory board for questions relating to reunification and the administrative advisory board of the equalization bank.

The Hermann-Lindrath-Strasse in Wahlstedt and the Hermann-Lindrath Prize of the International Association for Social Policy are named after Lindrath .

Political party

Lindrath was a member of the DVP from 1928 to 1933 . In 1933 he joined the Stahlhelm and was taken over by the SA in 1934 . Since 1937 he was a member of the NSDAP . He had been a member of the CDU since 1945 . Until 1948 he headed the specialist committees for economic policy, for financial, craft and insurance issues as well as for trade and supply of the Saxony-Anhalt state association . In 1952 he was elected deputy chairman of the Heidelberg district association. From 1956 Lindrath was a member of the CDU federal executive committee .


Lindrath was a member of the German Bundestag from 1953 until his death . Hermann Lindrath has always entered the Bundestag as a directly elected member of the Mannheim-Land constituency .

Public offices

After the federal elections in 1957 , he was appointed Federal Minister for Economic Property of the Federation on October 29, 1957 in the federal government led by Chancellor Konrad Adenauer . Lindrath is one of the few federal ministers who have died in office.


  • Rudolf Vierhaus , Ludolf Herbst (eds.), Bruno Jahn (collaborators): Biographical manual of the members of the German Bundestag. 1949-2002. Vol. 1: A-M. KG Saur, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-598-23782-0 , pp. 505-506.
  • Henrik Eberle : The Martin Luther University in the time of National Socialism 1933–1945. Mdv, Mitteldeutscher Verlag, Halle 2002, ISBN 3-89812-150-X , p. 296 f.
  • Peter Mantel: Business Administration and National Socialism: A Study of Institutional and Personal History . Wiesbaden: Gabler, 2010, ISBN 978-3-8349-8515-6 , pp. 764f.

See also

Individual evidence

  1. ^ German Bundestag, 17. Election period, 204th session on November 8, 2012, PDF document 17/8134 Dealing with the Nazi past
  2. ^ "WEST GERMANY: The Haunted Past". Time , January 25, 1960, accessed May 1, 2010 .