Georg Leber

Georg Leber

Leber in 1973
Federal Minister of Defence
West Germany
In office
7 July 1972  1 February 1978
Chancellor Willy Brandt;
Helmut Schmidt
Preceded by Helmut Schmidt
Succeeded by Hans Apel
Federal Minister of Transport
West Germany
In office
1 December 1966  7 July 1972
Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger;
Willy Brandt
Preceded by Hans-Christoph Seebohm
Succeeded by Lauritz Lauritzen
Federal Minister of Post and Communications
West Germany
In office
21 October 1969  7 July 1972
Chancellor Willy Brandt
Preceded by Werner Dollinger
Succeeded by Lauritz Lauritzen
Vice President of the Bundestag
In office
12 September 1979  29 March 1983
President Richard Stücklen
Member of the German Bundestag
In office
15 October 1957  29 March 1983
Personal details
Born (1920-10-07)7 October 1920
Obertiefenbach (Beselich), Germany
Died 21 August 2012(2012-08-21) (aged 91)
Nationality German
Political party Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)
Military service
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Luftwaffe
Battles/wars World War II

Georg Leber (7 October 1920 – 21 August 2012)[1] was a German Trades Union leader and a politician in the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).


Leber was born in Obertiefenbach (Beselich). After serving in the Luftwaffe (the German air force) in World War II, he joined the SPD in 1947. In 1957, he was elected to the Bundestag, which he was a member of until 1983, representing Frankfurt am Main I.

In 1966, Leber was appointed minister for transportation for the grand coalition. He kept this position and became minister for postal service and long-distance communication under the joint SPD-FDP administration. In 1972, he gave up both positions and became minister of defence.[2] Under his ministership the Bundeswehr was expanded and the Universities of the Bundeswehr were founded in Munich and Hamburg. In 1978, he left his position after a controversy in the defense ministry involving eavesdropping.[3] From 1979 until 1983 he was the Deputy Speaker of the Bundestag.[4]

Leber quit politics in 1986, and with his wife retired to the Bavarian countryside.[4] He died in his hometown of Schönau on 21 August 2012.[4][5]


  1. "Früherer Bundesvorsitzender der Baugewerkschaft und Bundesminister a.D. verstorben". IG Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt (in German). 22 August 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  2. "Spy ring hearing". Sydney Morning Herald. 15 December 1977. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  3. Crowell-Collier Educational Corporation (1978). Year book covering the year ... Crowell-Collier Educational Corp. p. 266. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  4. 1 2 3 "Former German Defense Minister Leber dies". Deutsche Welle. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Helmut Schmidt
Federal Minister of Defence (Germany)
Succeeded by
Hans Apel

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