Bodensteiner studied and was then a soldier during World War II. From 1946 until October 24, 1949, he was district administrator in the district of Neustadt an der Waldnaab. In 1949 he was elected for the CSU in the constituency Tirschenreuth in the German Bundestag. In November 1952, he was with Gustav Heinemann, Helene Wessel, Thea Arnold, Adolf shyness, Robert Scholl, Diether Ludwig Posser and butts to the founders of the All-German People 's Party ( GVP ), the national manager he was. After the defeat in the general election in 1953, when the GVP failed at the five - percent hurdle, he left the party and withdrew from politics.