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Diether Posser (9 March 1922 – 9 January 2010) was a German politician, representative of the Social Democratic Party.



During his childhood in Essen of Evangalist Child Minister Wilhelm Busch and his dedicated work in Weigle-Haus coined.? After serving in the military for the required time Posser studied law and became a lawyer in 1951. In 1952 he founded, with the alumnui Secretary of the Interior Gustav Heinemann (previously of the CDU), Hans Bodensteiner (from the CSU), Thea Arnold, Helene Wessel (both from the Zentrumspartei), Hermann Etzel (Bayernpartei), and the future President Johannes Rau the Gesamtdeutsche Volkspartei, of which he was made General Secretary after the 1953 resignation of Bodensteiner.

After the party's collapse in 1957, he became a member of the SPD, for whom he joined the State Parliament of Nordrhein-Westfalen in 1966. In 1968 he was named the Minister for Federal Affairs. In 1972 he switched to the Judicial Department, before he became Finance Minister in 1978. He held this position until 1988 in the second and third cabinets of President Rau. He was also an advisor to the Premier.

Posser also has administrated in his duties as an evangelist.

Posser was the Godfather of actor Diether Krebs.


  • Rapallo, nicht Tauroggen; in “Stimme der Gemeinde”, Issue 4, 1954, Page 87.
  • Politik ohne Solidarität; in “Gesamtdeutsche Rundschau”, Issue 24, 1955.
  • Anwalt im Kalten Krieg. Ein Stück deutscher Geschichte in politischen Prozessen 1951–1968. Munich: C. Bertelsmann Verlag, 1991; ISBN 3-570-02347-8 (und weitere Auflagen).
  • Gustav Heinemann, in: Protestantische Profile. Lebensbilder aus fünf Jahrhunderten, Ed. by Klaus Scholder and Dieter Kleinmann, Königstein/Ts. 1983, S.382-396.
  • Die Hauptsache ist, daß die Hauptsache die Hauptsache bleibt, in: Begegnungen mit Wilhelm Busch, ed. by Karl-Heinz Ehring and Ulrich Parzany, Neukirchen-Vluyn 1997, S.67-71.

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This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.


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