Leber in 1973
7 October 1920|
Obertiefenbach (Beselich), Germany
|Died||21 August 2012(aged 91)|
|Political party||Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)|
Georg Leber (7 October 1920 – 21 August 2012) 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. 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. From 1979 until 1983 he was the Deputy Speaker of the Bundestag.
- "Früherer Bundesvorsitzender der Baugewerkschaft und Bundesminister a.D. verstorben" (in German). IG Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt. 22 August 2012. http://www.pressrelations.de/new/standard/result_main.cfm?aktion=jour_pm&comefrom=scan&r=505257. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
- "Spy ring hearing". Sydney Morning Herald. 15 December 1977. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=5P1jAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-eYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2767,4916033&dq=georg-leber&hl=en. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
- Crowell-Collier Educational Corporation (1978). Year book covering the year .... Crowell-Collier Educational Corp.. p. 266. https://books.google.com/books?id=CnkxAQAAIAAJ. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
- "Former German Defense Minister Leber dies". 22 August 2012. http://www.dw.de/former-german-defense-minister-leber-dies/a-16184548. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
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