Robert Tillmanns

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Robert Tillmanns (born April 5, 1896 in Barmen ; † November 12, 1955 in Berlin ) was a German politician ( CDU ).

The Adenauer II cabinet 1953: Robert Tillmanns (top right in the picture)

From 1953 until his death he was Federal Minister for Special Tasks .

Life and work

After graduating from high school in 1914, Tillmanns took part in the First World War as a soldier until 1918 . He then studied political science from 1919 to 1921 . In 1921 he received his doctorate as Dr. rer. pole. at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen .

From 1921 to 1929 he was the deputy general manager of the Economic Aid of the German Student Union and in this capacity he was involved in the establishment of the German National Academic Foundation in 1925 . From 1931 he worked as a councilor in the Prussian Ministry of Education, from which he was dismissed in 1933 for political reasons. He then worked in the Central German coal and steel industry administration until 1945.

After the end of the war he was General Secretary of the Aid Organization of the Evangelical Churches in Germany until 1949 .

Tillmanns had been married to Herta Naegelsbach (1904–1995) since 1925 and had three daughters.


Robert Tillmanns died in Berlin in 1955 at the age of 59. His grave is in the Evangelical Cemetery Nikolassee in Berlin.

Political party

After the Second World War , in 1945 he was one of the co-founders of the CDU in Berlin and the Soviet occupation zone together with Jakob Kaiser and Ernst Lemmer . At the 2nd annual meeting of the Eastern CDU in September 1947 in the Berlin Admiralspalast , he was elected as an assessor in the zone committee. After the division of the Berlin regional association in 1948, he continued to work in West Berlin , initially being deputy chairman from 1949 to 1952 and, from April 26, 1952, until his death, chairman of the Berlin regional CDU association . At the founding party convention of the federal CDU in Goslar in October 1950 , he was elected a member of the first CDU federal executive committee , and from 1955 he was deputy federal chairman. In 1952 he co-founded the Evangelical Working Group of the CDU / CSU, as its federal chairman from 1954.


From 1946 to 1947 he was a member of the state parliament of Saxony . From 1949 until his death he was a member of the German Bundestag as a Berlin deputy . From 1950 to 1953 Tillmanns was also a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe .

Public offices

After the federal election in 1953 , Tillmanns was appointed Federal Minister for Special Tasks in the federal government led by Chancellor Konrad Adenauer on October 20, 1953 , and during his tenure he represented the cabinet in the Council of Elders of the German Bundestag . He is one of the few federal ministers who have died in office.


  • Wilfried Becker (Ed.): Lexicon of Christian Democracy in Germany , p. 386. Paderborn 2002.
  • Hermann Brügelmann , Klaus Simon (Ed.): Robert Tillmanns. A lifetime achievement. - 161 S., Evang. Publishing company, Stuttgart 1956.
  • Christopher Hausmann, in: Kempf, U .; H.-G. Merz (Ed.): Chancellor and Minister 1949 - 1998 , pp. 760 ff, 2001.
  • Norbert Kaczmarek: Robert Tillmanns . In: Christian Democrats from the very beginning . Bonn 1966.
  • Hans-Otto Kleinmann : History of the CDU, 1945–1982. Edited by Günter letter . DVA, Stuttgart 1993, ISBN 3-421-06541-1 .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hans-Jürgen Mende: Lexicon of Berlin burial places . Pharus-Plan, Berlin 2018, ISBN 978-3-86514-206-1 , p. 628.
  2. The election of the board . In: Neue Zeit , September 9, 1947, p. 1.