Bernhard Dernburg

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Bernhard Dernburg

Birthplace: Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany
Death: Died in Berlin, Germany
Immediate Family:

Son of Friedrich Dernburg and Luise Dernburg
Husband of Emma Dernburg
Father of Hans Dernburg; Bernhard Dernburg; Dorothea Dernburg; Emma Dernburg and Frederika Dernburg
Brother of Hermann Dernburg; Louise Mathilde Ferdinande Christiane Natalie Wieck; Emma Biermann and Mathilda Aye

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About Bernhard Dernburg

Bernhard was a German liberal politician, banker, and co-founder of the center-left German Democratic Party (1918-1933).Although his father hailed from a prominent Jewish family, Bernhard's family converted to Lutheranism. In 1906, Bernhard served as the Prussian Representative in the Bundesrat (Federal Council) of Germany. In 1907 he was appointed as Secretary of State for Colonial Affairs where he reformed German colonial policy, and served as head of the Imperial Colonial Office. As a liberal and a person of Jewish descent, his appointment was met with ridicule by anti-Semitic and right-wing groups. During the First World War, Bernhard represented Germany in the United States and promoted anti-British propaganda in an attempt to sway US neutrality. After the war, he co-founded the German Democratic Party, was elected to the Weimar National Assembly, and held the posts of Federal Minister of Finance and Vice Chancellor of the Weimar Republic (April 17-June 20 1919) under Philipp Scheidemann. He was a member of the Reichstag from 1920-1930.

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Bernhard Dernburg's Timeline

July 17, 1865
Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany
October 14, 1937
Age 72
Berlin, Germany