Wolfgang Pepper

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Wolfgang Pepper (born October 14, 1910 in Kiel , † October 12, 1997 in Berlin ) was a German journalist and politician ( SPD ).

Life and work

Pepper was born the son of a printer. After attending primary school, he first completed a journalistic traineeship and then worked for social democratic newspapers in Schleswig-Holstein . In 1933 he was dismissed for political reasons and given a professional ban. During the time of National Socialism he worked as a commercial clerk. He was drafted into the Wehrmacht in 1939 , took part in the Second World War as a soldier and was finally taken prisoner.

After his release from captivity, Pepper moved to Augsburg , where he acted as head of the city's press office. From 1946 to 1956 he worked as a local editor for the Schwäbische Landeszeitung .


Pepper had joined the SPD during the Weimar Republic , which was banned by the National Socialists in 1933. After 1945 he was again a member of the Social Democrats. Pepper had been a city councilor in Augsburg since 1948 and was elected chairman of the SPD parliamentary group there in 1952. Pepper had been mayor of the city of Augsburg since 1956 and in 1958 also took over the management of the financial department as city treasurer. From 1964 to 1972 he was Lord Mayor of the city. During his term of office, the University of Augsburg was founded as well as the planning of the central clinic .



Individual evidence

  1. University of Augsburg: Honorary Citizens, Senators and Members of the University of Augsburg - Retrieved on February 22, 2011.