Anton Storch
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Federal Minister for Labour
In office
20 September 1949 – 29 October 1957
ChancellorKonrad Adenauer
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byTheodor Blank
Member of the Bundestag
In office
7 September 1949 – 19 October 1965
Personal details
Born(1892-04-01)1 April 1892
Fulda, German Empire
Died26 November 1975(1975-11-26) (aged 83)
Fulda, West Germany
Political partyCentre Party (1919- 1933)
CDU (1945 until his death)

Anton Storch (1 April 1892 – 26 November 1975) was a German politician, a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the minister of labor from 1949 to 1957.[1]

Early life

Storch was born in Fulda, Hesse, in 1892.[2] He was trained as a carpenter and served in World War I.[2]


Storch was the functionary of Woodworker's Christian Trade Union from 1920 to 1933, trade union chairman of Hanover region from 1931 to 1933 and insurance agent until 1939.[2] From 1939 to 1945 he served as a member of air raid police.[2] He contributed to the reestablishment of the trade unions in Hanover (British Zone) in 1945 and 1946.[2] From 1946 to 1948, he served as the chief of department for social policy of British Zone trade unions. He became a member of Bizonal Economic Council in 1947 and was named its director of labor in 1948.[2] He was the director of the workers' union (Verwaltung für Arbeit (VfA)) until 1949.[3]

He was a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU)[4] and one of the CDU representatives in the Bundestag.[2] In the party he served at the social affairs committee.[5] Then he was appointed minister of labor and social affairs to the cabinet led by Prime Minister Konrad Adenauer on 20 September 1949.[3][6] He was in office until 29 October 1957[7] when Theodor Blank replaced him in the post.[6]


Storch was an advocate of "far-reaching social welfare programme."[5]


  1. ^ Buchstab, Günter; Kaff, Brigitte; Kleinmann, Hans-Otto. "Christliche Demokraten gegen Hitler" (PDF). GBV.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Storch, Anton (CDU)". Elections and Political Parties in Germany, 1945–1952. Salisbury, NC: Documentary Publications. 1952. p. 28.[dead link][ISBN missing]
  3. ^ a b Diehl, James M. (9 November 2000). Thanks of the Fatherland: German Veterans After the Second World War. University of North Carolina Press. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-8078-6103-5.
  4. ^ "Adenauer aims to slow down". The Spokesman-Review. 8 September 1953. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  5. ^ a b Schwarz, Hans-Peter (1995). Konrad Adenauer: A German Politician and Statesman in a Period of War, Revolution, and Reconstruction. Vol. 2. Providence, RI: Berghahn Books.[dead link][ISBN missing]
  6. ^ a b "German ministries". Rulers. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  7. ^ Die NATO-Option. Oldenbourg Verlag. 1993. p. 1216. ISBN 978-3-486-51691-3.