Zita Zehner

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Zita Zehner (born November 8, 1900 in Rannungen near Schweinfurt, † September 10, 1978 in Munich ) was a German politician. Between 1946 and 1970 she was a member of the Bavarian State Parliament for the CSU .

Zehner was born as the eighth child on a farm in Lower Franconia . After the end of the First World War , she completed an apprenticeship as a home economics teacher . In 1927 she became a member of the Catholic Women's Association and began to organize further training courses for rural women.

Her declared opposition to the NSDAP resulted in a professional ban in 1933, and she was even briefly imprisoned in 1935. Eventually, Zehner built a grocery wholesaler and a pasta factory, which she also used to supply starving people during the war years .

In 1945 she was appointed to the Munich City Council by the US military government . There she worked on the welfare and school committee for the city's restaurants and the reconstruction of affordable housing for families.

In the first election to the Bavarian state parliament on December 1, 1946, Zehner received a mandate as a member. For her work in the state parliament, she gave up her city council post and her company in 1947. In total, Zehner sat in the state parliament for almost 24 years. On November 10, 1970, she resigned from parliament on the occasion of her 70th birthday.

From 1953 to 1969 she was chairman of the CSU women’s national working group , which later became the women’s union .

Zita Zehner died on September 10, 1978 at the age of 77 and was buried in the Bogenhausen cemetery. The grave site was closed in 2011.

On July 3, 1959, she was awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit. In recognition of her services, the city of Munich named a place not far from her former apartment in the Au-Haidhausen district after her on October 14, 2000 . There is also a street named after her in her birthplace, Rannungen .

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