Magnus von Braun (senior)
|Magnus Freiherr von Braun|
February 7, 1878|
Neucken/Pr. Eylau, East Prussia, German Empire
|Died||August 29, 1972
|Occupation||Politician, civil servant|
|Spouse(s)||Emmy von Quistorp (m. 1910–59)|
|Children||Sigismund von Braun (1911–1998), diplomat
Wernher von Braun (1912–1977), rocket scientist
Magnus von Braun (1919–2003), industrial manager
Magnus von Braun was born at his family's manor of Neucken, an estate the von Brauns had owned since 1803, near Pr. Eylau (present-day Dubki near Bagrationovsk, Russia) in East Prussia to Maximilian von Braun (1833–1918) and Eleonore (née von Gostkowski) (1842–1928).
He became the Stadthauptmann (head of the administration) of Daugavpils in 1918 and commissarial Police President of Stettin (now Szczecin, Poland) in 1919. Braun then worked again at the department of interior and became the President of the Governorate of Gumbinnen.
Braun returned to his family's manor in East Prussia and was active in several agricultural organisations like the Raiffeisen cooperative.
In 1930 he became the Vice President of the Reichsverband der Landwirtschaftlichen Genossenschaften (Association of Agricultural Cooperatives).
On 1 June 1932 he was appointed Weimar Germany's Minister of Nutrition and Agriculture and Reichskommissar for Eastern Aid (Osthilfe) in the cabinet of Chancellor Franz von Papen, a position he kept under Chancellor Kurt von Schleicher until 28 January 1933.
Braun married Emmy von Quistorp (1886–1959) on 12 July 1910. They had three sons:
- Sigismund von Braun (1911–1998), diplomat
- Wernher von Braun (1912–1977), rocket scientist
- Magnus von Braun (1919–2003), industrial manager
- Germany: the long road west, Volume 1 (in German). Heinrich August Winkler, Alexander Sager. 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
- Regarding personal names: Freiherr is a former title (translated as Baron), which is now legally a part of the last name. The female forms are Freifrau and Freiin.
- Magnus Freiherr von Braun, Von Ostpreußen bis Texas. Erlebnisse und zeitgeschichtliche Betrachtungen eines Ostdeutschen. Stollhamm 1955 (also published as: Weg durch vier Zeitepochen. Vom ostpreußischen Gutsleben der Väter bis zur Weltraumforschung des Sohnes in Amerika. Limburg, 1965
- Michael J. Neufeld: Von Braun, Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War, ISBN 0-307-38937-5
- Quistorp family
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- Michael Kümper. Makom, Orte und Räume im Judentum (in German). Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Die Protokolle des Preussischen Staatsministeriums 1817 – 1934/38 (in German). Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Gerhard Schulz. Zwischen Demokratie und Diktatur (in German). Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Heinrich August Winkler. Weimar, 1918–1933 (in German). Retrieved 2009-05-16.
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