Waldemar Kraft

Waldemar Erich Kraft ( born February 19, 1898 in Brzustów, Circle Jarotschin, Posen Province; † July 12, 1977 in Bonn ) was a German politician (GB / BHE, 1956 CDU).

Education and work

After force of the Protestant faith was, had visited to Obersekunda the secondary school in Poznan, he subsequently completed an agricultural teaching. From 1915 to 1920, he was then a soldier and took part in the First World War, where he was severely wounded. Most recently he was employed as a company commander. From 1921 to 1939 he was director of the "Main Association of the German Farmers' Clubs " in Poznan, in 1925, he was also director of the "German Agricultural Central Association in Poland." From 1939 to 1940, he then served as president of the Chamber of Agriculture poses. From 1940 to 1945 he was Managing Director of the " Reich Association for land management in the incorporated Eastern territories mbH " ( " Reich Land" ) in Berlin, which was transferred shortly before the war ended to Ratzeburg. From 1945 to 1947 he was interned in Schleswig -Holstein, and lived until 1950 as an unemployed person in Ratzeburg.

From 1949 to 1951 he was speaker of the country team Vistula and Warta signed the charter of the German expellees. Later, he was Honorary Chairman.


Force was a member of the NSDAP. He was appointed the honor -Hauptsturmführer of the general SS on November 13, 1939 as well.

In 1950 he was one of the founders of the League of expellees and disenfranchised (BHE ), the regional chairman in Schleswig -Holstein, he was from 1950 to 1951. In 1951 he was elected national chairman of the BHE, was named the overall German as of November 14, 1952 block / BHE (GB / BHE). After the scandal at the federal party on the 8th and September 9th 1954 is the failure of re-election of the Press Officer Eva Countess Finck von Finckenstein force took his subsequent re- election to the chairperson (90 of 131 votes) not to.

On 11 July 1955, he joined with the so-called " knockout group " (according to him and Theodor Oberlander named ) from the GB / BHE and joined on 20 March 1956, the CDU.

Member of Parliament

From 1950 to 1953 he was a member of the Landtag of Schleswig- Holstein, where he represented the electoral district of Lauenburg -West.

From 1953 to 1961 he was then a member of the German Parliament, first elected for the GB / BHE, he joined July 15, 1955 the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. Here he was from 1960 to 1961 Chairman of the Committee for load balancing.

Waldemar force was last (3rd term 1957) collected over the national list North Rhine-Westphalia to the German Bundestag.

Public offices

September 5, 1950 to June 25, 1951 was in force the run of Prime Minister Walter Bartram State Government Finance and Deputy Prime Minister of Schleswig- Holstein. As of June 28, 1951, he then officiated in the same functions in the directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Lübke State Government, from October 8, 1951 additionally as acting Minister of Justice.

After the parliamentary elections in 1953, he retired on 20 October 1953 from the state government and was appointed on the same day as a Federal Minister for Special Affairs in the run of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer government. On October 16, 1956, he retired from the federal government.