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Ludwig Siebert

For the German bobsledder, see Ludwig Siebert (bobsleigh).
Ludwig Siebert
Minister President of Bavaria
In office
Preceded by Heinrich Held
Succeeded by Paul Giesler
Personal details
Born (1874-10-17)October 17, 1874
Died November 1, 1942(1942-11-01) (aged 68)
Stock am Chiemsee
Nationality German
Political party National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP)
Religion Lutheranism

Ludwig Siebert (17 October 1874 in Ludwigshafen – 1 November 1942 in Stock am Chiemsee) was a Nazi politician and Bavarian prime minister from 1933 to 1942.


Siebert was born in Ludwigshafen, in the then Bavarian region of Palatinate, in 1874. He studied law, and after this became a civil servant in the Kingdom of Bavaria. He served as a prosecutor in Neustadt an der Weinstraße, and later in Fürth. Siebert was mayor of Rothenburg ob der Tauber from 1908 to 1919.[1] He afterwards, in 1919,[2] became the mayor of Lindau and while serving in this position in 1931, joined the National Socialist German Workers' Party from the Bavarian People's Party.[3]

He became prime minister of Bavaria in 1933 with the Nazi takeover of power in Germany. As the prime minister of Bavaria, Siebert did not have the power and authority his predecessors had in the Weimar Republic. In this position, he was engaged in a power struggle with the Reichstatthalter of Bavaria, Franz Ritter von Epp, which he won.

He also held the posts of Minister of Finances (1933–1942) and for Economy (1933-1934/1936-1942).

He initiated the so-called "Siebert Program" to fight unemployment in Bavaria. The program turned out to be insufficient to create new employment due to lack of funds within the Bavarian government and support from the German government.[4]

Siebert also had personal orders from Hitler to look after the restoration of all castles in Germany and was especially interested in the restoration of the historical town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber from 1937 to 1941.

From 1933 until his death, he was chairman of the board of the Bayerische Berg-, Hütten- und Salzwerke AG (BHS), a large Bavarian mining company.[5] He also served from 1939 to 1942 as the head of the Deutsche Akademie, a predecessor of the Goethe Institut.[6]

His brother was a highly decorated officer in the Wehrmacht, Generalmajor Friedrich Siebert (1888–1950).


See also

External links

  • Bavarian State Library, Bildarchiv Hoffmann (Heinrich Hoffmann-Verlag)


  • Bayrische Staats Bibliothek Datenbank der Reichstagsabgeordneten (in German)
  • Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg – Boisls bayrische Biography – Ludwig Siebert (in German), page 726-727


Political offices
Preceded by
Heinrich Held
Prime Minister of Bavaria
Succeeded by
Paul Giesler

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