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Albert Osswald

Albert Osswald and Walter Scheel, 1975.

Albert Osswald (May 16, 1919 – August 15, 1996) was a German politician (SPD). He served as minister-president of the federal state of Hesse from 1969 to 1976.


Oswald was born as the son of a mason in Giessen. After elementary and secondary school in Giessen, he attended a vocational school for salesmen. During World War II he was a soldier of the German army.

In 1945, he joined the [1] His government had an absolute majority in the beginning. From 1970 on, Osswald headed a coalition government of SPD and FDP. After a financial scandal involving the public bank Helaba, Osswald resigned as prime minister of Hesse in October 1976. He retired from all political offices in 1977.

Osswald died during a hiking vacation in Schwangau in 1996.[2]


  1. ^ Albert Osswald, Hessischer Ministerpräsident 1969-1976,, accessed September 25, 2009.
  2. ^ Gestorben Albert Osswald, 77,, August 19, 1996, accessed September 25, 2009
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