Egon Bahr

German politician (SPD) (1922-2015)

Egon Karl-Heinz Bahr (18 March 1922 – 20 August 2015) was a German SPD politician.[1]

Egon Bahr
Federal Minister for Special Affairs of Germany
In office
Minister for Economic Cooperation
In office
Preceded byErhard Eppler
Succeeded byMarie Schlei
Personal details
Born(1922-03-18)18 March 1922
Treffurt, Thuringia, Germany
Died20 August 2015(2015-08-20) (aged 93)
Political partySPD
OccupationPolitician, statesman, journalist

During World War II Bahr was expelled from the Wehrmacht because he was partly of Jewish descent.[2]

After the war he worked as a journalist and a diplomat before entering into politics.

Bahr was promoted by West German Chancellor Willy Brandt to serve as Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office from 1969 until 1972. Between 1972 and 1990 he was an MP in the Bundestag of the Federal Republic of Germany and from 1972 until 1976 was also a Minister of the Federal Government.


  1. Dennis Kavanagh (1998). "Bahr, Egon". A Dictionary of Political Biography. Oxford University Press. p. 27. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013 – via Questia.

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