Werner Knieper

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Knieper (in the picture on the right) is appointed State Secretary by Kurt Georg Kiesinger in 1966

Werner Knieper (born December 24, 1909 in Beuel , † July 17, 1977 in Cologne ) was a German political official and manager.

Life and work

Knieper studied law in Heidelberg and Berlin . In Heidelberg he had been a member of the Corps Suevia Heidelberg since 1930 . After completing his studies, he entered the administrative service. He became a member of the SA . In the Second World War he served in the artillery as a captain of the reserve, most recently in the Wehrmacht command staff .

Until 1966 he was chief department head for armaments affairs in the Federal Ministry of Defense . From December 13, 1966 to December 31, 1967, Knieper was a permanent state secretary and head of the Federal Chancellery .

After retiring as State Secretary , he went into industry as a manager . On May 15, 1968, Knieper became chairman of the management board of the United Flight Technical Works (VFW) in Bremen . After the VFW merged with Fokker , he became chairman of the board of the central company VFW-Fokker and, in April 1970, also chairman of the supervisory board of Vereinigte Flugtechnische Werke Fokker GmbH in Bremen (until 1974).

From 1973 to 1974 Knieper was President of the Federal Association of the German Aerospace Industry (BDLI).


  • Armin Danco: The Yellow Book of the Corps Suevia zu Heidelberg, 3rd edition (members 1810–1985), Heidelberg 1985, No. 1069

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Individual evidence

  1. Kösener Corpslisten 1960, 67 , 1060