Cabinet Schwerin von Krosigk

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The leading minister, Count Schwerin von Krosigk, alongside his predecessor Joseph Goebbels .

The Cabinet von Krosigk (also: Doenitz Cabinet or Flensburg Cabinet ) formed after the suicides of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels and the fall of Berlin , a not internationally recognized executive Reich government .

As stipulated in Adolf Hitler's political testament on the basis of the 1934 law on the successor to the Führer and Reich Chancellor, Karl Dönitz took over the office of Reich President on May 1, 1945, and the Dönitz government began its activities . On the following day, Dönitz commissioned the longest- serving finance minister to date, Johann Ludwig Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, as leading Reich minister to form a government. The post of Reich Chancellor was not planned. In order to emphasize the transitional character of the government, Dönitz decided to form an executive government in consultation with Krosigk.

From May 3, 1945, the Reich Government had its seat in Flensburg - Mürwik . On the evening of May 5th the actual formation of the new Reich government took place with the allocation of the new cabinet posts.

In an undated letter from May 1945, Chief Minister Schwerin von Krosigk informed General Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Soviet High Command about the formation of the government. Krosigk stated that the government's goal was "to liquidate the war". He also listed the Reich ministers who had left with the new formation.

The cabinet was in office beyond the surrender of the Wehrmacht in the special area Mürwik until the arrest of the cabinet members on May 23, 1945, but in fact had little real significance. On June 5, 1945, the victorious powers also formally took over the supreme power of government in Germany through the Allied Control Council ( Berlin declaration ), whereby the term of office of Schwerin von Krosigk ended at this point at the latest.


Schwerin von Krosigk Cabinet
(May 2 to May 23, 1945)
Office minister Political party
Senior Minister
Ludwig Schwerin from Krosigk.jpg
Johann Ludwig Graf Schwerin von Krosigk
from May 2, 1945
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Johann Ludwig Graf Schwerin von Krosigk
from May 5, 1945
Finances Johann Ludwig Graf Schwerin von Krosigk
already in Hitler's cabinet
Wilhelm Stuckart at the Ministries Trial.jpg
Wilhelm Stuckart
from May 5, 1945
Herbert Klemm.JPG
Herbert Klemm
from May 5, 1945
Albert Speer Neurenberg.JPG
Albert Speer
from May 5, 1945
Food and Agriculture
Federal Archives Image 183-J02034, Herbert Backe.jpg
Herbert Backe
from May 5, 1945
Franz Seldte was
already in the Hitler cabinet
Commander in Chief of the Navy Hans-Georg von Friedeburg
from May 1945
post Office
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-E00795, Julius Dorpmüller.jpg
Julius Dorpmüller
from May 5, 1945
traffic Julius Dorpmüller
already in the Hitler cabinet
Chief of the Wehrmacht High Command
Wilhelm Keitel at Nuremberg Trials November 1945.jpeg
Wilhelm Keitel
from Hitler's cabinet until his arrest on May 13, 1945;
then Alfred Jodl as head of the OKW

See also

Individual evidence

  1. Jörg Hillmann : End of War 1945 in Germany, Munich 2002, p. 46.
  2. Jörg Hillmann : End of War 1945 in Germany, Munich 2002, p. 47.
  3. ^ Jörg Hillmann : End of War 1945 in Germany, Munich 2002, p. 44.
  4. State Center for Civic Education Schleswig-Holstein (ed.): Der Untergang 1945 in Flensburg (lecture on January 10, 2012 by Gerhard Paul ), p. 14.
  5. Wolfgang Börnsen u. Leve Börnsen: From decline to a new beginning . Kiel / Hamburg 2015, p. 61 f. and p. 180.