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Lauritz Lauritzen

Lauritzen in 1974

In office
July 7, 1972 – May 7, 1974
Preceded by Georg Leber
Succeeded by Kurt Gscheidle

In office
July 7, 1972 – December 15, 1972
Preceded by Georg Leber
Succeeded by Horst Ehmke

In office
December 1, 1966 – December 15, 1972
Preceded by Bruno Heck
Succeeded by Hans-Jochen Vogel

Born January 20, 1910(1910-01-20)
Plön, Germany
Died June 5, 1980 (aged 70)
Bad Honnef, Germany
Nationality German
Political party Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)

Lauritz Lauritzen (January 20, 1910 – June 5, 1980) was a German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). He was born in Plön and died in Bad Honnef.

Lauritzen studied Law at the universities of Freiburg and Kiel and earned a doctorate (Dr. iur, equivalent to S.J.D.). After working as a high ranking civil servant at the Ministry of the Interior of the German Federal State of Lower Saxony, Lauritzen became mayor of Kassel.[1] In 1963 he joined the Hessian government as Minister of Justice and Federal Affairs. A possible candidacy as Minister President of Hesse, was obstructed by an affair concerning donations to a football club.[1]

After the election to the Bundestag in 1966, Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger appointed Lauritzen as Federal Minister of Housing and Urban Development.[2] After the election of 1969, the name of the ministry was changed to Ministry of Urban Development and Housing. On July 7, 1972, Lauritzen additionally became head of the Ministries of Transport and of Post and Communication.[2] From December 15, 1972 on, he headed only the Ministry of Transport.[2]. His predecessor at the Transport Ministry, Georg Leber, triggered press and public opposition by implementing a blanket 100 km/h speed limit on major roads, but not on Autobahnen. In support of his predecessor's action, Lauritzen in August 1972 repeated his conviction that speed limits served the cause of traffic safety[3] . During the 1973 oil crisis Lauritzen took the opportunity to implement a general speed limit of 100 km/h (subsequently withdrawn) on German autobahns.[1] He left the cabinet on May 7, 1974 upon the resignation of Chancellor Willy Brandt.


  1. ^ a b c Biography of Lauritzen on the website of Kassel.
  2. ^ a b c Gallery of Ministers at the website of the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.
  3. ^ "Tempo-Stops sind keine Hilfe: Wissenschaftlich bewiesen: Durch Geschwindigkeitsbeschraenking gibt es nicht weniger Verkehrstote......Lauritzens Irrtum: "Ich bin davon ueberzeugt, dass die Geschwindigkeits-Begrenzung der Verkehrssicherheit dient."". Auto Zeitung Nbr 17 1972: Seite 43 - 45. date 12 August 1972.  


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