|Herbert Ehrenberg (1981)|
|Member of the Bundestag|
|Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Germany)|
21 December 1926 |
Kollnischken, East Prussia, Weimar Germany
Ehrenberg was born in Kollnischken, East Prussia (today Kolniszki, Poland) and visited school (Staatliche Kantschule) in Goldap until 1943, when he was conscripted to the German Army and became a prisoner of war. After his release in 1947 he passed his Abitur and studied national economy in Wilhelmshaven and at the University of Göttingen, where he took his doctorate in 1958.
Ehrenberg joined the Union for Public Services, Transport and Traffic (ÖTV) in 1949 and the Social Democratic Party of Germany, or SPD, in 1955. In 1964 he became the head of the national economy branch at the chairman of IG Bau-Steine-Erden-Union and in 1968 he started to work at the Federal Ministry of economics. In 1969 he switched to the German Chancellery and was a Secretary of State at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Germany) in 1971/72 and its Minister in 1976-82.
Ehrenberg was the Vice-President of the Social Democratic Fraction in the Bundestag in 1974-1976 and a member of the Federal Executive Board of the SPD in 1975-1984. In 1997-2001 he was the Chairman of the Honorary Executive Board and in 2001-2003 the first President of the Internationaler Bund Freier Träger der Jugend-, Sozial- und Bildungsarbeit, afterwards its Honorary President.