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(June 1951)

Who's who in the federal cabinet,   pp. [36]-42 PDF (4.5 MB)

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year. Judging from the first quarter construction figures.
I believe we can."
He was asked: Are there possibilities of economies in
standardization of dwellings or of building elements?
Mr. Wildermuth said: "Houses and dwellings of stand-
ard type have limited use in Germany because of climatic
differences and differences in habits. No savings have
resulted from such experiments. On the other hand, we
lay great value on standardizing building elements and
are making considerable headway in this field."
Justice Minister Thomas Dehler
Thomas Dehler, (FDP), Minister of Justice and - pri-
vately - a great friend of dogs, has the task of restoring
popular confidence in the German judicial and legal
system, undermined by years of misuse and abuse under
the Nazis.
A member of the Democratic Party in the Weimar
Republic, dog-lover Dehler was put in a forced labor camp
by the Nazis, emerged to enter active politics in 1945 as
US Military Government-sponsored Landrat (state rep-
Now Free Democrat Dehler is charged with building
legal barriers against attacks on the young Republic from
anti-democratic forces on the right and on the left. Ex-
cerpt from his proposed protection bill: "Malicious rumor-
mongering or slander, of a nature to render more difficult
the proper duties of public officials, shall be punished
with imprisonment of not less than 30 days (for malicious
rumor-mongering) or not less than 90 days (for slander)."
Transport Minister Hans Seebohm
I Hans Christoph Seebohm, Minister of Transport and
one of the two members of the German Party (DP) in the
Cabinet, is a Sudeten German: he and his family were
evicted by the Czechs after the war.
Under the Nazi government, mining engineer Seebohm
directed the operations of important coal mines. Since
the war, he has been active in employers' organizations.
Refugee Seebohm likes to be viewed as a champion of
refugee interests, in particular the right to return to the
Sudeten homeland.
Other objectives: rights of former officers and soldiers,
self-regulation of industry. According to an official hand-
out, his work has been particularly characterized by "his
efforts toward renovation of the German Empire."
When asked what he considered the most pressing
problem in his field, Minister Seebohm said: "The recon-
struction of a German merchant marine is of greatest
economic importance for us - not simply a matter of
prestige. We need cargo ships in order to conserve the
foreign exchange that we must now pay for shipping costs.
"The size and speed of these ships would depend on
the purpose and expected area of operation: therefore, it
is difficult to lay any definite limit. However, we would
not exceed the optimal size and speed of merchant ships."
All-German Affairs Minister Jakob Kaiser
Jakob Kaiser, (CDU), Minister for All-German Affairs,
has been a favorite target for Communist abuse since
1947, when the Soviet Military Government ousted him
as zonal CDU chief in favor of the obedient Dertinger.
In the Cabinet of the Federal Republic, his portfolio is
the bridge between the Republic and the millions of un-
happy Germans in the Soviet Zone. This keeps the lelt-
wing CDU man, former bookbinder and Christian trade
union leader working nights, leaves him little time for
favorite pastimes - theater and reading history.
Persecution is nothing new to him. As a July 20 bomb-
ing man, he hid for months while the Nazis sought him.
Asked what is the first step in achieving real, free Ger-
man unity, Minister Kaiser said: "The first step is not
the formation of a Constituent Assembly (as demanded
by Grotewohl, East zone prime minister, with equal rep-
resentation for East and West Germany, despite popu-
lation more than three times as large in the West), but the
carrying out of free elections for a National Assembly in
all Germany. This Assembly must then be responsible for
JUNE 1951

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