Anton Storch

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Anton Storch
Minister of Labor
In office
20 September 1949 – 29 October 1957
Prime Minister Konrad Adenauer
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Theodor Blank
Personal details
Born 1892
Died 1975 (aged 82–83)
Nationality German
Political party Christian Democratic Union (CDU)

Anton Storch (1892–1975) was a German politician, a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the minister of labor from 1949 to 1957.[1]

Early life[edit]

Storch was born in Fulda, Hesse, in 1892.[2] He was trained as a carpenter and served in World War I.[2]


Anton Storch

Storch was the functionary of Woodworker's Christian Trade Union from 1920 to 1933, trade union chairman of Hanover region from 1931 to 1933 and insurance agent until 1939.[2] From 1939 to 1945 he served as a member of air raid police.[2] He contributed to the reestablishment of the trade unions in Hanover (British Zone) in 1945 and 1946.[2] From 1946 to 1948, he served as the chief of department for social policy of British Zone trade unions. He became a member of Bizonal Economic Council in 1947 and was named its director of labor in 1948.[2] He was the director of the workers' union (Verwaltung für Arbeit (VfA)) until 1949.[3]

He was a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU)[4] and one of the CDU representatives in the Bundestag.[2] In the party he served at the social affairs committee.[5] Then he was appointed minister of labor and social affairs to the cabinet led by Prime Minister Konrad Adenauer on 20 September 1949.[3][6] He was in office until 29 October 1957[7] when Theodor Blank replaced him in the post.[6]


Storch was an advocate of "far-reaching social welfare programme."[5]


  1. ^ Buchstab, Günter; Kaff, Brigitte; Kleinmann, Hans-Otto. "Christliche Demokraten gegen Hitler" (PDF). GBV. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Storch, Anton (CDU)". Elections and Political Parties in Germany, 1945–1952. Salisbury, NC: Documentary Publications. 1952. p. 28. Retrieved 1 September 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b Diehl, James M. (9 November 2000). Thanks of the Fatherland: German Veterans After the Second World War. University of North Carolina Press. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-8078-6103-5. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Adenauer aims to slow down". The Spokesman-Review. 8 September 1953. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Schwarz, Hans-Peter (1995). Konrad Adenauer: A German Politician and Statesman in a Period of War, Revolution, and Reconstruction 2. Providence, RI: Berghahn Books. Retrieved 1 September 2013.   – via Questia (subscription required)
  6. ^ a b "German ministries". Rulers. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Die NATO-Option. Oldenbourg Verlag. 1993. p. 1216. ISBN 978-3-486-51691-3. Retrieved 7 July 2013.