Lubke, Karl Heinrich

Signed photograph of the 2nd President of West Germany 1959-69

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(1894-1972) 2nd President of the Fedeal Republic of Germany (West Germany) 1959-69. Prior to his presidency he served as Federal Minister for Agriculture. The moderate conservative suffered from deteriorating health and embarrassing statements or behavior, resigning 3 months before the end of his 2nd term. The son of a shoemaker and farmer and surveyor by training, he served in WW I. In 1930 he became a member of the Roman Catholic Centre Party and in April 1932 was elected to the Prussian parliament. After the 1933 seizure of power by the Nazis and the subsequent dissolution of his party, Lbke was accused of misappropriating public funds and jailed; after 20 months in prison he was released when no evidence could be produced to prove the politically motivated charges. He got a senior position with a building contractor in 1937 and in 1939 moved to a company of building engineers managed by architect Walter Schlempp. He came to the notice of Albert Speer and was given responsibility for major building projects, some under the aegis of the Armaments Ministry run by Speer, including the Army and Air Force Test Centers at Peenemunde. After the war, Lbke returned to politics, becoming a member of the West German CDU party. In 1953 Chancellor Adenauer appointed him Federal Minister of Agriculture. He was chosen by Adenauer as a candidate for the largely ceremonial post of president to ensure that Adenauer's political schemes were not disturbed by too strong a personality in this position. Lbke's status as a one-time Nazi political prisoner stood him in good stead and it was not until 1966 that accusations started to be made by East German sources that he had at the very least been aware of the use of slave labor on his projects; these were dismissed in the West as East German propaganda. Nevertheless, the potential scandal threatened to damage the office of the Federal President; in 1968 Lbke announced that he would resign 3 months before the end of his term. He was a very bad public speaker, often subject to ridicule, especially near the end of his term when age and failing health started to affect his memory. 6 x 4 SP "Lubke", at desk.

Condition: Very Good
Type:Photograph






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