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Funk, Walther

Born: 1890 AD
Died: 1960 AD, at 69 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Politician


1890 - Born into a merchant family in Danzkehmen, Kreis Stallupönen, East Prussia on the 18th of August.

1916 - He joined the infantry but was discharged as unfit for service.

1919 - Funk married Luise Schmidt-Sieben.

1922 - He became the editor of the center-right financial newspaper the Berliner Börsenzeitung.

1931 - Funk was a nationalist and anti-Marxist, resigned from the newspaper in the summer and joined the Nazi Party, becoming closer to Gregor Strasser who arranged his first meeting with Adolf Hitler.

1932 - He was elected a Reichstag deputy in July and within the party.

         - He was made chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy in December.

1933 - In March, Funk was appointed as a State Secretary at the Ministry of Propaganda.

1937 - He also became Minister of Economics in February of that year, replacing Hjalmar Schacht who had been dropped in November.

1938 - He assumed the title of Chief Plenipotentiary for Economics.

1939 - In January, Funk gained another credit to his name when he assumed the post of President of the Reichsbank, again replacing Schacht.

1943 - He was appointed to the Central Planning Board in September.

1957 - Funk was held at Spandau Prison along with other senior Nazis. Released due to ill health, he died three years later.

1960 - Died on the 31st of May.


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