• Short Summary

    WEST GERMANY'S NEW DEFENCE MINISTER, HERR KAI-UWE VON HASSEL, OFFICIALLY ASSUMED OFFICE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN HE WAS PRESENTED WITH HIS APPOINTMENT CREDENTIALS BY PRESIDENT LUEBKE IN BONN.

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    WEST GERMANY'S NEW DEFENCE MINISTER, HERR KAI-UWE VON HASSEL, OFFICIALLY ASSUMED OFFICE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN HE WAS PRESENTED WITH HIS APPOINTMENT CREDENTIALS BY PRESIDENT LUEBKE IN BONN.

    HERR VON HASSEL, 49, REPLACES HERR FRANZ JOSEF STRAUSS, FORCED TO RETIRE LAST MONTH BECAUSE OF HIS ROLE IN THE "SPIEGEL" DEFENCE SECRETS AFFAIR. THE NEW MINISTER RESIGNED ON MONDAY FROM HIS POST AS PRIME MINISTER OF THE NORTH GERMAN STATE OF SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN.

    HERR VON HASSEL, WHO HAS SERVED IN SENIOR POSTS IN DR. ADENAUER'S CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY, WAS BORN IN 1913 IN TANGANYIKA, THEN A GERMAN EAST AFRICAN COLONY, WHERE HIS FATHER OWNED THREE PLANTATIONS. DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR, THE FAMILY WAS INTERNED AND LATER SENT BACK TO GERMANY.

    HE RETURNED TO EAST AFRICA IN 1935. AT THE OUTBREAK OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR, HE WAS INTERNED BY THE BRITISH, AND LATER RETURNED TO GERMANY. HERR VON HASSEL SERVED IN THE ARMY AS A RADIO OPERATOR AND INTERPRETER IN SWAHILI AND ENGLISH AND WAS TAKEN PRISONER BY THE BRITISH IN NORTHERN ITALY. HE WAS RELEASED IN DECEMBER, 1945.

    HERR VON HASSEL BEGAN HIS POST-WAR CAREER AS HEAD OF AN ARBITRATION OFFICE FOR HOUSING PROBLEMS. IN 1946 HE JOINED THE NEWLY-FOUNDED CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1RBKRLSKRS9JG01OFFE6A1P8
    Media URN:
    VLVA1RBKRLSKRS9JG01OFFE6A1P8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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