Richard Muckermann

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Richard Siegbert Muckermann (born November 28, 1891 in Bückeburg , † February 2, 1981 in Essen ) was a German politician ( center , later CDU ).

Life and work

After graduating from high school in Bückeburg in 1912 , Muckermann studied philosophy and economics in Münster , Cologne and the Netherlands , interrupted by four years of military service during the First World War . In 1921 he participated in the founding of the Stella Maris film company in Düsseldorf . After completing his studies, he initially worked as a journalist and writer in Kettwig , but had to leave the Ruhr area during the Ruhr War in 1923/24. In 1924 he founded the newspaper Film-Rundschau and began to work for the Ruhr area office of the Reichszentrale für Heimatdienst , which he headed in the years before 1933. After the handover of power to the National Socialists , he was dismissed and banned from any journalistic or writing activity. In 1941 he was arrested for a short time.

After the Second World War he was initially editor of the Neue Rheinische Zeitung and the Rheinische Post . In 1946 he became editor-in-chief of the Rhein-Ruhr-Zeitung in Essen, whose license holders were the central politicians Wilhelm Hamacher , Carl Spiecker and Heinrich Steffensmeier . After Muckermann, Spiecker and Steffensmeier switched to the CDU, the Rhein-Ruhr-Zeitung appeared as the Essen edition of the CDU-affiliated Rheinische Post. Muckermann himself became editor-in-chief of the Essener Tageblatt in 1949 .

In 1961 Muckermann was awarded the Grand Cross of the Federal Cross of Merit and appointed Commander Knight of the Order of Gregorius . Since 1924 he was a member of the Catholic student union AV Arminia Münster.

Political party

Muckermann had been a member of the center since 1922, and he participated in its re-establishment in 1945. There Muckermann was one of the so-called "sympathizers" around Carl Spiecker who tried to merge with the CDU. After the failure at the special party conference on January 31, 1949 in Oberhausen , they were expelled from the party and joined the CDU in April 1949.


Muckermann was a member of the district council in the Düsseldorf-Mettmann district from 1946 to 1950 . In the first state election in North Rhine-Westphalia in 1947 , Muckermann won a mandate for the center, which he continued to exercise even after he switched to the CDU until the end of the legislative period on June 17, 1950. For the Christian Democrats, he entered the German Bundestag in the first general election in 1949 and was a member of parliament until 1961. He was always directly elected in the constituency of Neuss - Grevenbroich . From 1953 to 1961 he was chairman of the library advisory board of the Bundestag executive committee.


  • Film and People , 1925
  • Middle Policy , 1947
  • The last phase , 1952


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