Gerhard Stoltenberg

Gerhard Stoltenberg ( born September 29, 1928 in Kiel, † 23 November 2001 in Bonn-Bad Godesberg ) was a German politician of the CDU.

He was from 1965 to 1969 Federal Minister for Scientific Research, 1971-1982 Minister -President of Schleswig -Holstein, 1982-1989 Federal Minister of Finance and from 1989 to 1992 Minister of Defence.

Life and career

1944 Stoltenberg was convened as Flakhelfer the navy. This was followed by participation in the war and captivity. Then he passed in 1949 at the Theodor Mommsen School in Bad Oldesloe the High School and began a study of history, sociology and philosophy at the Christian -Albrechts -University of Kiel. There Stoltenberg in 1954 with a thesis on the German Reichstag 1871-1873. A contribution to the history of German parliamentarism Dr. phil. doctorate. He then worked in Kiel as a research assistant to Michael Freund at the Department of Science and History of the policy. Through this activity Gerhard Stoltenberg was a colleague of Jochen Steffen, his later political opponents. After habilitation at the University of Kiel with the work Political currents in Schleswig-Holstein Country Folk 1918-1933. A contribution to the formation of political opinion in the Weimar Republic, he was a lecturer in 1962. 1965, and 1969/70 he was director of the Friedrich Krupp GmbH in Essen.

Stoltenberg was Protestant faith, married and had two children. He was honored on January 19, 1973 with the Grand Federal Cross of Merit with Star and Sash. On 24 October 2001 he was made ​​an honorary citizen of the State of Schleswig -Holstein.

His grave is located on the Park Cemetery Eichhof near Kiel.


Since 1947, Stoltenberg was a member of the CDU. From 1955 to 1961 he was National Chairman of the Junge Union. In 1955 he was also first vice-chairman, from 1971 to 1989 he was finally state chairman of the CDU in Schleswig -Holstein. In this function it came to joining the federal government under Helmut Kohl in 1982 to growing tensions with his successor as Prime Minister, Barschel.

Since 1969 he was also deputy chairman of the CDU Federal Bureau of Germany.

Member of Parliament

From 1954 to 1957 and from 1971 to 1982 he was a member of the Landtag of Schleswig -Holstein. From 1954 to 1957 he was Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Youth Affairs. In 1971 he represented the constituency Eckernförde, where he lived, in the parliament.

From 1957 to 1971 and from 1983 to 1998 he was a member of the German Bundestag. From 1969 to 1971 he held the position of deputy chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group.

Gerhard Stoltenberg moved to 1969 always as directly elected representative of the constituency of Schleswig - a Eckernförde and from 1983 as directly elected representative of the constituency of Rendsburg -Eckernförde in the Bundestag. Until his appointment as Schleswig -Holstein Prime Minister, he was residing in Eckernförde.

Stoltenberg took part in all presidential elections 1959-1999. He belonged to the federal meetings as the Schleswig - Holstein Landtag elected member and otherwise only in its capacity as a member of the German Bundestag.

Public offices

After the general election in 1965, he was appointed on 26 October 1965 by Chancellor Ludwig Erhard in the Office of the Federal Minister for Scientific Research. He held that office in the time of the grand coalition under Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger. As a research minister, he was said to be responsible for the scandal to the danger of collapsing nuclear waste storage aces. The mine had already been buying in poor condition.

After the general election in 1969 he retired from the Federal Government on 21 October 1969.

On 24 May 1971 he was elected Prime Minister of the State of Schleswig -Holstein. In this capacity he was from November 1, 1977 to October 31, 1978 President of the Bundesrat.

According to the Bonn turn Stoltenberg was appointed Minister of Finance in the run of Helmut Kohl Federal Government on October 4, 1982. At a cabinet reshuffle moved Stoltenberg on April 21, 1989 in the Office of the Federal Minister of Defence. After a controversial arms shipment, especially of tanks to Turkey, Stoltenberg took responsibility and stepped on 31 March 1992 back by the Office of the Federal Minister of Defence.

From 1996 until his death he was the first chairman of the Board of Trustees of direct federal Otto von Bismarck Foundation in Friedrichsruh in Saxony Forest.