Helmut Rohde

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Helmut Rohde
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Helmut Rohde, 1975
Federal Minister of Education and Science
In office
16 May 1974 – 16 February 1978
Premier Helmut Schmidt
Preceded by Klaus von Dohnanyi
Succeeded by Jürgen Schmude
Personal details
Born (1925-11-09) 9 November 1925 (age 89)
Nationality German
Political party Social Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Göttingen

Helmut Rohde (born 9 November 1925) is a German politician who served as federal minister of education and science from 1974 to 1978.

Early life and education[edit]

Rohde was born in Hannover on 9 November 1925.[1] His father, August, was a welder and a social democrat member of the independent trade union.[1] Helmut fought in the German army in World War II and was prisoned until 1945 when he was freed.[1]

He studied journalism after the war and graduated in 1947.[2] In 1950, he began to study politics and business in a higher education institution in Wilhelmshaven, which later became part of the University of Göttingen.[3]


In 1945, Rohde became a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD).[2] After graduation he began to work as an editor at the German Press Agency's Hannover branch.[1] His pseudonym in his writings was Achilles, the name of his grandfather.[1] He served in the party's local organizations in Hannover in the 1950s[2] and later served in its "working group for workers' questions".[4] In 1957, he was elected to the Bundestag with the SPD from Hannover.[3] From 1964 to 1965 he was also a member of the European Parliament.[1]

He was appointed federal minister of education and science on 16 May 1974, replacing Klaus von Dohnanyi in the post.[5][6] He served in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Helmut Schmidt.[4] In 1975, Rohde became a member of the SPD's executive committee.[2] Rohde's cabinet post ended on 16 February 1978 and another SPD politician, Jürgen Schmude, replaced him in the post.[4][5][6] After leaving office he concentrated on his work in the SPD's working group for workers' questions.[7]

In 1985, Rohde began to work as a lecturer at the Universities of Hanover and Bochum.[3] In 1994, he was named as an honorary professor of the University of Bremen.[3]

Later years[edit]

Rohde has been living in a nursing home near Bonn.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Helmut Rohde". Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Helmut Rohde". Niedersachsen. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Helmut Rohde". SPD. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Heinrich August Winkler (2007). Germany: 1933-1990. Oxford University Press. p. 318. ISBN 978-0-19-926598-5. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Federal German ministries". Rulers. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Ministers since 1955" (PDF). Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "German defense minister resigns". The Montreal Gazette (Bonn). UPI. 2 February 1978. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 

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