Walter von Keudell

Walter von Keudell (17 July 1884 – 7 May 1973) was a German forest expert and politician. He served as interior minister of Germany between 1927 and 1928 during the period of the Weimar Republic.

Walter von Keudell
Walter von Keudell
Interior Minister of Weimar Republic
In office
31 January 1927 – 12 June 1928
ChancellorWilhelm Marx
Preceded byWilhelm Külz
Succeeded byCarl Severing
Personal details
Born17 July 1884
Castellamare di Stabia
Died7 May 1973 (aged 88)

Early life

Von Keudell was born in Castellamare di Stabia, Naples, Italy, on 17 July 1884.[1] He was the oldest son of Robert von Keudell, German diplomat and member of the Reichstag.[1] His mother was Alexandra von Grünhof. He had a brother, Otto von Keudell, and a sister, Hedwig von Keudell.


Von Keudell started his career in the forest administration in Frankfurt/Oder in 1908. From 1915 he worked at the Reichsgetreidestelle (Reich grain administration). From 1916 to 1920 von Keudell was Landrat at Königsberg (Neumark) (today Chojna). As a result of the failed Kapp Putsch, which he supported, von Keudell had to retire and worked as a farmer at Gut Hohenlübbichow.[2]

However, he returned to politics and was elected as a member of the Reichstag for the German National People's Party (DNVP) from 1924 to 1930 (after 1929 Christian-National Peasants' and Farmers' Party).[2][3]

On 31 January 1927, he was appointed Reichsinnenminister (minister of the interior) in the fourth cabinet of chancellor Wilhelm Marx.[3][4] Von Keudell was one of three nationalist cabinet members.[5]

The cabinet resigned on 12 June 1928 and Carl Severing replaced von Keudell as interior minister on 29 June 1928, when the new government headed by Hermann Müller took office.[6]

Von Keudell joined the NSDAP in 1933 and from that year was Oberlandforstmeister and head of the Prussian Landesforstverwaltung in Brandenburg.[2][7]

In 1934, von Keudell became Generalforstmeister. In 1936, Reichsforstmeister Hermann Göring appointed von Keudell as his Staatssekretär and deputy at the Reichsforstamt (ministry of forest affairs). He served in this capacity until 1937. That year he also was a member of the Reichsverkehrsrat (Reich transportation council).[2][8][9]

He was removed from office in 1937 (im einstweiligen Ruhestand) when he refused to implement the forest policy of Göring which advocated the use of the mandatory cutting quota in private forests as in public forests.[9] Friedrich Alpers succeeded von Keudell in the post.[9][2]

In 1948, von Keudell joined the Christian Democratic Union.[2]

Personal life and death

Walter von Keudell was a devout Protestant.[10] He died in Bonn on 7 May 1973.[1]


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  4. ^ Eastern, Northern and Central Europe. Annex: International Organisations. Walter de Gruyter. 1 January 2006. p. 785. ISBN 978-3-11-093910-1. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
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  7. ^ Rüdiger Bergien, Die bellizistische Republik: Wehrkonsens und "Wehrhaftmachung" in Deutschland 1918-1933, Oldenbourg Verlag, 2012, p. 367
  8. ^ Franz-Josef Brüggemeier; Mark Cioc; Thomas Zeller (2005). How Green Were the Nazis?: Nature, Environment, and Nation in the Third Reich. Ohio University Press. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-8214-1647-1. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
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  10. ^ Noel D. Cary (1996). The Path to Christian Democracy: German Catholics and the Party System from Windthorst to Adenauer. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Retrieved 17 October 2013. – via Questia (subscription required)

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Carl Severing

Carl Wilhelm Severing (1 June 1875, Herford, Westphalia – 23 July 1952, Bielefeld) was a German Social Democrat politician during the Weimar era.

He was seen as a representative of the right wing of the party. Over the years, he took a leading influence in the party district of Ostwestfalen and Lippe. He was a parliamentarian in the German Empire, the Weimar Republic and in Northrhine-Westphalia. He first played more than a regional role when he became Reich and later State Commissar in the Ruhr from 1919 to 1920.

He was Interior Minister of Prussia from 1920 to 1926, Minister of the Interior from 1928 to 1930 and Interior Minister of Prussia again from 1930 to 1932. Along with fellow Social Democrat, Otto Braun, Severing agreed to General Hans von Seeckt's plans for a secret army to protect Germany's eastern border against a sudden attack from Poland. At the Nuremberg Trials on 21 May 1946, Severing defended this strategy by saying:

That the army of 100,000 men granted to Germany was not sufficient even for a defensive war was and is known to-day possibly to everyone in Germany concerned with politics. Germany got into a very bad situation with regard to her eastern neighbours since the establishment of the Corridor. The insular position of East Prussia forced Germany, even at that time (1920–22), to take measures which I reluctantly helped to carry out.

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The right of assembly has become the wrongs of assembly, and press freedom has become press licence. We cannot permit demagogues to inflame the masses any further. Last year in Prussia alone three hundred policemen were wounded and fourteen killed in the course of their duties.

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