Goebbels Cabinet
Date formed30 April 1945
Date dissolved2 May 1945
People and organisations
Member partyNazi Party
Opposition partyNone
History
Election(s)None
PredecessorHitler Cabinet
SuccessorFlensburg Government

The Joseph Goebbels Cabinet was named by Adolf Hitler in his political testament of 30 April 1945.[1][2] To replace himself, Hitler named Admiral Karl Dönitz as Reichspräsident. The cabinet was short-lived, and was followed on 2 May 1945 by the Flensburg Government.[3] This was caused when Josef Goebbels took his own life on 1 May and Martin Bormann did likewise the following day.

Composition

Retaining some members from the previous Hitler cabinet, some members of the Goebbels cabinet would continue in the Dönitz cabinet consisted of the following people:

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz30 April 194523 May 1945NSDAP
Chancellor Joseph Goebbels30 April 19451 May 1945 †NSDAP
Party Minister Martin Bormann30 April 19452 May 1945 †NSDAP
Minister for Foreign Affairs Arthur Seyss-Inquart30 April 19452 May 1945NSDAP
Minister of the Interior Paul Giesler30 April 19452 May 1945NSDAP
Minister of War Karl Dönitz30 April 194523 May 1945NSDAP
Supreme Commander of the Army Ferdinand Schörner30 April 19458 May 1945NSDAP
Supreme Commander of the Navy Karl Dönitz30 January 19432 May 1945NSDAP
Supreme Commander of the Air Force Robert Ritter von Greim26 April 19458 May 1945NSDAP
Head of the SS and German Police Karl Hanke30 April 19458 May 1945NSDAP
Reich Minister of Economics Walther Funk5 February 19382 May 1945NSDAP
Minister for Food and Agriculture Herbert Backe23 May 194223 May 1945NSDAP
Minister of Justice Otto Georg Thierack24 August 19422 May 1945NSDAP
Minister of Culture Gustav Adolf Scheel30 April 19452 May 1945NSDAP
Minister of Propaganda Werner Naumann30 April 19452 May 1945NSDAP
Minister of Finance Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk1 June 193223 May 1945NSDAP
Minister of Labour Theo Hupfauer30 April 19452 May 1945NSDAP
Minister of Armament Karl Saur30 April 19452 May 1945NSDAP
Leader of the Deutscher Arbeitsfront Robert Ley10 May 19332 May 1945NSDAP

References

  1. ^ Adolf Hitler. "Politisches Testament 1945". NS-Archiv Dokumente zum Nationalsozialismus.
  2. ^ Hitler, Adolf. My Political Testament.
  3. ^ Peter Maxwill. "Reichsregierung ohne Reich". SpiegelOnline. Archived from the original on 2013-05-30.