Kurt Gscheidle
Kurt Gscheidle.jpeg
Minister of Transport
In office
16 May 1974 – 1980
Preceded byLauritz Lauritzen
Succeeded byVolker Hauff
Minister of Post and Communications
In office
16 May 1974 – 28 April 1982
Preceded byHorst Ehmke
Succeeded byHans Matthöfer
Personal details
Born(1924-12-16)16 December 1924
Stuttgart, Germany
Died22 February 2003(2003-02-22) (aged 78)
Saarbrücken, Germany
Political partySocial Democratic Party

Kurt Gscheidle (16 December 1924 – 22 February 2003) was a German politician affiliated to the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

Gscheidle trained as a mechanic with the Deutsche Reichspost until 1942, when he was called up by the Wehrmacht. In 1948 he returned from war captivity, began studies at the Dortmund University of Technology and graduated as an engineer. In 1953 Gscheidle became an official of the Deutsche Bundespost labor union and was elected Vice-Chairman in 1957. He had joined the SPD in 1956, from 1961 until 1969 and again from 1976 to 1980 he was a member of the Bundestag.

In 1969 Gscheidle was a nominee for Chairman of the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB) but had to step down in favour of Heinz Oskar Vetter. He then served as a secretary of state at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and from 1974 as Minister of Transport (until 1980) and Post and Telecommunications (until 1982) under Helmut Schmidt in the latter's three terms as Federal Chancellor.

Gscheidle stamp

Gscheidle is known among philatelists for a stamp designed on the occasion of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. As West Germany participated in the Olympics boycott the stamp was never issued, however Gscheidle, then Minister of Post had received some proofs which he kept after his incumbency. From 1982 to 1983 his wife erroneously used about 24 of these stamps for her private correspondence, which today realize peak prices at auctions. In October 2010, one of the Gscheidle stamps was sold for 26,000 euros in Düsseldorf, Germany.[1]


  1. ^ Auctioneers Felzmann Archived 30 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine Top hammer price for the Gscheidle stamp