Oswald Lehnich

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SS-Oberführer Lehnich (center)

Oswald Lehnich (born June 20, 1895 in Rosenberg ; † May 23, 1961 in Bad Ditzenbach ) was a German politician, NSDAP district economic advisor and Minister of Economics of Württemberg.


Lehnich came from educated middle ratios, studied law and graduated as Dr. iur. He worked from 1921 to 1927 under various governments in the Reich Ministry of Economics . During his studies he became a member of the Association of German Students in Berlin and of the Association of German Students in Breslau . In 1927 he completed his habilitation in economics and antitrust law at the University of Tübingen, where he received a teaching position. In 1932 he became ao. Appointed professor. From 1933 to 1936 he was a member of the Mergenthaler cabinet as the Württemberg Minister of Economics . Also starting in 1933, he was the NSDAP Gau Economics Adviser in Gau Württemberg-Hohenzollern . From 1935 to 1939, as President of the Reichsfilmkammer he held a key position in National Socialist film policy and was editor of the yearbook of the Reichsfilmkammer published from 1937 to 1939 . From 1936 to 1938 he was a member of the international jury of the Venice Biennale .

Lehnich joined the NSDAP in 1931 ( membership number 855.209). In March 1933 he signed the declaration of 300 university lecturers for Adolf Hitler . In 1933 he was one of the founding members of the National Socialist Academy for German Law by Hans Franks . He was also a member of the SS (membership number 265.884); on April 20, 1935 he was appointed SS-Oberführer .

After a car accident in August 1939 he was no longer working; before that he had set up the German hollow glass community , a new kind of economic steering association.

After the Second World War , Oswald Lehnich was first interned and then classified as a "minor offender" by the court in the denazification process . He spent his retirement in Tübingen , Stuttgart and Bad Ditzenbach.


  • Cartels and the state, taking into account domestic and international legislation. Reimar Hobbing , Berlin 1928.
  • Restraint of competition. A foundation. Heymanns, Cologne, Berlin, 1956.
  • International Chamber of Film for two years . In: Schweizer Film = Film Suisse: official organ of Switzerland , Vol. 3, 1937, pp. 11–12. ( Digitized version )
  • with Wilhelm Friedrich Boyens: The history of the rural settlement. Volume 1. Max Sering's legacy. Landschriften-Verlag, Berlin 1959.


  • Ernst Klee : The cultural lexicon for the Third Reich. Who was what before and after 1945 (= The time of National Socialism. Vol. 17153). Completely revised edition. Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2009, ISBN 978-3-596-17153-8 .
  • Helmut Marcon et al: 200 years of economics and political science at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen , Verlag Franz Steiner 2004, ISBN 3-515-06657-8 .
  • Frank Raberg : Economic politician between overconfidence and resignation. Oswald Lehnich, Württemberg Minister of Economics. In: Michael Kißener (ed.): The leaders of the province . UVK, Konstanz 1997, ISBN 3-87940-566-2 , pp. 333-359

Individual evidence

  1. Louis Lange (Ed.): Kyffhäuser Association of German Student Associations. Address book 1931. Berlin 1931, p. 131.
  2. ^ Yearbook of the Academy for German Law, 1st year 1933/34. Edited by Hans Frank. (Munich, Berlin, Leipzig: Schweitzer Verlag), p. 255

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