Josef Ertl

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Josef Ertl
Minister of Food and Agriculture
In office
22 October 1969 – 29 March 1983
Prime Minister Willy Brandt
Helmut Schmidt
Helmut Kohl
Preceded by Hermann Höcherl
Personal details
Born 7 March 1925
Died 16 November 2000(2000-11-16) (aged 75)
Nationality German
Political party Free Democratic Party
Alma mater Technical University Munich

Josef Ertl (7 March 1925 – 16 November 2000) was a German politician who served as the minister of agriculture in different cabinets of Germany and was a member of the Free Democratic Party (FDP).

Early life and education[edit]

Ertl's family were from Bavaria.[1] He was born on 7 March 1925 and raised in Munich.[2][3][4]

Ertl held a bachelor's degree in agriculture from the Technical University Munich in 1952.[2]


Ertl was a member of the FDP to which he joined in the 1950s.[5] He was part of the liberal right wing in the party.[6] He served in the FDP's regional council of Munich from 1952 to 1956.[4] He was the member of the Bundestag from 1961 to 1987.[5] He also headed the Bavarian branch of the FDP from 1971 to 1983.[7] He was among German politicians who shaped the Europe policy of the country in the 1970s.[8]

He was appointed minister of agriculture to the coalition government led by the then prime minister Willy Brandt on 22 October 1969.[1][9] Ertl replaced Hermann Höcherl in the post.[5] He retained his post until 1983 in various cabinets, but for a short period from 17 September to 1 October 1982 Björn Engholm assumed the post.[9][10]

After leaving office he served as the president of the German agricultural society from early 1984 to late 1990.[7] He was also the president of the German ski association from 1978 to 1991.[4]


Ertl was seriously injured in an accident on the farm of his son in the Upper Bavarian district of Landsberg am Lech in the mid-November 2000.[7] He died of complications resulting from severe burn injuries on 20 November 2000 in Murnau at the age of 75.[11]


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  2. ^ a b "Ex - Landwirtschaftsminister Josef Ertl gestorben". Hamburger Morgen Post (Munich). dpa. 17 November 2000. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Angehörige des Bundestags / I. -. X. Legislaturperiode" (PDF). Weltenlauf. 20 October 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Josef Ertl". F. Neumann Stiftung. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Josef Ertl". FDP. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Heinrich August Winkler (2007). Germany: 1933-1990. Oxford University Press. p. 251. ISBN 978-0-19-926598-5. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "FDP: Josef Ertl ist tot". Der Spiegel. 17 November 2000. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Jeffrey S. Lantis (1 January 1997). Domestic Constraints and the Breakdown of International Agreements. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 40. ISBN 978-0-275-95948-7. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Die Bundesminister seit 1949". BMELV. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Media Warns of "Dying Forests and Acid Rain"ghdi" (PDF). German History in Documents and Images 9. 1983. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ex-Minister Josef Ertl verstorben". RP Online. 17 November 2000. Retrieved 6 July 2013.