Alfred Kubel in 1975
Alfred Kubel in 1975

Alfred Kubel (25 May 1909 in Braunschweig – 22 May 1999 in Bad Pyrmont)[1] was a German politician; in his later career, he was a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).[2]

In 1928, after attending Middle School, Kubel became an industrial clerk. In 1925, Kubel became a member of Internationaler Sozialistischer Kampfbund, a left-wing political party. During that time, he also joined a trade union. Starting in 1933, he became active in resistance to the Nazis. Kubel was arrested in 1937 and was convicted to a one-year prison term for preparation of high treason. He was drafted into the Volkssturm, a branch of the military, in 1944, and deserted soon thereafter.

In May 1946, after having joined the Social Democratic Party of Germany, Kubel was appointed prime minister of Braunschweig by the British occupation forces; he held this position until the state was merged into Lower Saxony in November 1946. From 1951 to 1955 and from 1957 to 1970, he held various cabinet-level positions in the government of Lower Saxony. As minister, he also served on the Volkswagen Group's advisory board from 1965 to 1970.[3]

Kubel was Minister President of Lower Saxony from 1970 to 1976;[4] as such, he served as President of the Bundesrat in 1974/75.


  1. ^ "Kubel, Alfred". (in German). 15 March 2004. Retrieved 4 January 2007.
  2. ^ "Mitglieder der Niedersächsichen Staatsregierung". (in German). Retrieved 4 January 2007.
  3. ^ "Annual Report 1999" (PDF). Volkswagen Group. 1999. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 May 2006. Retrieved 4 January 2007.
  4. ^ Gerhards, Alfred (22 July 2003). "info – kalender". (in German). Retrieved 4 January 2007.
Preceded byHubert Schlebusch Prime Minister of Brunswick 1946 Succeeded byposition abolished Preceded byGeorg Diederichs Prime Minister of Lower Saxony 1970–1976 Succeeded byErnst Albrecht