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Ludwig-Erhard-Schule
Staatliche Berufsschule II
Theresienstraße 15
90762 Fürth
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> Who was Ludwig Erhard?

Who was Ludwig Erhard?


Prof. Dr. Ludwig Wilhelm Erhard (born 4 February 1897 in Fürth; died 5 May 1977 in Bonn) was an eminent German politician.
 
 
Early life
Erhard was born as the son of a salesman. After his middle school exam, he started training to become a salesman himself. He was wounded as soldier in World War I. After World War I, he started to study micro economy at a college in Nuremberg.


Later life – political career
After that, he studied economy on the University of Frankfurt am Main. In 1925 he finished his doctoral thesis. Afterwards, he worked in his father's company. After the Great Depression, the company went bankrupt. From 1928 to 1942, he worked as science assistant, but he could not get a promotion because he did not want to become a member of a Nazi organization. From 1942 to 1945, he was the head of the institute for industrial research.
 
From 1945 to 1946, he worked for the provisional government of Bavaria, afterwards he was an economic organization official for the British-American administration in West Germany.
 
In 1949, he became Minister of Economics under Konrad Adenauer. From 1957-1963, he was Vice Chancellor. He is notable for his leading role in German postwar economic reform and economic recovery ("Wirtschaftswunder", German for "economic miracle"), particularly in his role as Minister of Economics under Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in 1949 to his own ascension to the Chancellorship in 1963, after Adenauer had resigned. In 1966, Kurt Georg Kiesinger succeeded him.
 
Erhard is rated as one of the most important CDU-politicians of the last century. An interesting fact, considering he has never joined a political party (presumable due to his skepticism to political parties in general and his love of liberty).
 
Erhard died 1977 in Bonn, was buried in Gmund, near the Tegernsee. Apart from the vocational college in Fürth, there are those in Paderborn and Münster named in his honor.
 
 
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