Otto Dowidat

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Otto Dowidat (born October 27, 1896 in Remscheid ; † July 4, 1975 there ) was a German politician ( FDP ) and entrepreneur.

Life and work

After elementary school , Dowidat completed an apprenticeship as a locksmith and lathe operator. From 1914 he took part in the First World War as a war volunteer . In 1919 he co-founded the tool manufacturer Gedore (for the DOwidat REmscheid brothers). During the Second World War he was head of the “Working Group Wrench” in the Reich Ministry for Armaments and War Production. After the war he was interned for 18 months. After being released from internment, he rebuilt the Gedore. His son Karl, who has also died in the meantime, turned Gedore into a global company that is still family-owned today.

Political party

During the Nazi era, Dowidat was a member of the NSDAP . After 1945 he joined the FDP and became a member of the North Rhine-Westphalian state executive.


Dowidat was a member of the German Bundestag from 1957 to 1961 . He entered the Bundestag via the state list of North Rhine-Westphalia .


  • Dowidat, Otto . In: Martin Schumacher (Ed.): MdB - The People's Representation 1946–1972. - [Daecke bis Dziekan] (=  KGParl online publications ). Commission for the History of Parliamentarism and Political Parties e. V., Berlin 2006, ISBN 978-3-00-020703-7 , pp. 234–235 , urn : nbn: de: 101: 1-2014070812574 ( [PDF; 212 kB ; accessed on June 19, 2017]).