Erik Gottfrid Christian Brandt

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Erik Gottfrid Christian Brandt (31 August 1884 - 22 October 1955) was a Swedish politician (Social Democratic), and a deputy in the Swedish Parliament in the years 1938-1943.

Brandt came from a southern Swedish pastor's family. After studying at the University of Lund in 1911 he became schoolteacher in Luleå. From 1915 he served as inspector of schools in the province of Dalarna. In 1938 he was elected to the first chamber of the Swedish Parliament, which he belonged to 1943rd Brandt got through two deaths and two resignations from party colleagues a promising list place.

He is best known for his failed nomination of Adolf Hitler for the Nobel Peace Prize, on the eve of World War II.[1] The nomination was quickly withdrawn, as Brandt, who was an antifascist, never intended for it to be a serious proposal, and instead saw it only as a "satiric criticism" on another concurrent nomination, that of a British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Facts on the Nobel Peace Prizes". Retrieved 2014-05-08.