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Heinz Haushofer | Facts, Biography, Life, Honors, Publications


IntroGerman agrarian historian
WhatHistorian, Agrarian historian, Educator
TypeAcademia, Social Science
Birth19 June 1906 , Munich, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany
Death18 February 1988 (aged 81 years)
FamilyFather:Karl HaushoferChildren:Martin Haushofer


Heinz Konrad Haushofer (born June 16, 1906 in Munich, † February 18, 1988) was a German farmer, agricultural scientist and functionary.


He was the son of the geographer Karl Haushofer (1869-1946) and his wife Martha (née Mayer-Doss, 1877-1946). His brother was the geographer, diplomat and writer Albrecht Haushofer (1903-1945).

After graduating from a humanistic high school in Munich in 1924, Heinz Haushofer studied agriculture and economics with a diploma in agriculture and economics from the Technical University of Munich with a view to the parental possession of the hard mold yard in the municipality of Pähl (district of Weilheim / Schongau). rer. tech. At the same time, he worked in the economic science institute at Hanns Dorn.

In 1928, he married Adrienne Desportes (* 1906), adoptive daughter of the publisher Thomas Knorr (* August 9, 1851 Munich, † December 13, 1911 Munich, son of the newspaper publisher Julius Knorr), who died in 1932 after the birth of the second child.

From 1929 Heinz Haushofer worked as a research assistant in the office of the Bavarian Chamber of Farmers (director Michael Horlacher), which was transferred to the Bavarian State Farmers’ Association in 1933. After working for the Reichsnährstand in Berlin under Reichsbauführer Walther Darré, he was agricultural attaché at the German legation in Vienna and in Budapest from 1937. 1938 followed the habilitation and appointment as a private lecturer at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna and Munich.

Haushofer was meanwhile married to Luise, daughter of the book artist Paul Renner, with whom he had three more children. He was therefore put back by the military service after a short time as “father of 5 unaided children”. After July 20, 1944, he was arrested on August 25, 1944 and then, like his brother Albrecht Haushofer, who was arrested on December 7, 1944, was held in the Lehrter Strasse cell prison in Berlin-Moabit. During Albrecht Haushofer on 22./23. April 1945, was murdered by the Gestapo, Heinz Haushofer escaped this fate. He was released after eight months and then worked for a short time in the nutrition office of the city of Berlin, headed by Andreas Hermes.

Then he returned to the parental hard mold yard and took over its management. Both parents committed suicide there on March 10, 1946. After the denazification as “Relieved” on November 26, 1946, Heinz Haushofer worked from 1947 on the re-establishment of the Bavarian Farmers’ Association, the Board of Trustees for Technology in Agriculture and the Association of Graduate Farmers and took part in international conferences abroad. From 1948 to 1953 he was director of the Bavarian Farmers’ Association and from 1955 to 1957 at the agricultural machinery factory Heinrich Lanz AG in Mannheim, most recently as an authorized signatory and head of department. 

In 1957, he was president of the working group for mountain farmers, 1958 to 1959 in the central committee of the German agriculture in Bonn under Andreas Hermes. In July 1958 he took part in the first agricultural conference of the EEC in Stresa. From 1962 to 1964 he was a policy officer for agricultural policy at the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry under Minister Werner Schwarz, and then until 1968 on leave to head the Central Office for Agriculture of the German Foundation for Developing Countries in Feldafing. He handed over the hard mold yard to his son Martin Haushofer in 1964.

For five years he was a lecturer at the political science faculty of the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and at their veterinary faculty. From 1965 he taught agricultural history in Weihenstephan and was appointed honorary professor in 1968.


  • 1962: Bavarian Order of Merit
  • 1968: Book Prize of German Agriculture
  • 1970: Max Eyth Medal of German Agriculture
  • 1981: Andreas Hermes Medal
  • 1984: Honorary Citizen of Pähl
  • 1986: Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 1986: Upper Bavarian Culture Award


  • The agrarian reforms of the Austro-Hungarian successor states . Dissertation TH Munich 1928. Südost-Verlag, Munich 1929.
  • We Bavaria! . E. Runge, Berlin 1935.
  • with Johann von Leers: Bavarians lead the plow to the east . Blut und Boden Verlag, Goslar 1938.
  • The agricultural political world view . BG Teubner, Leipzig 1939.
  • History of Ideas of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Policy in the German Language Area , Volume II, Bayerischer Landwirtschaftsverlag, Munich 1958.
  • with Hans-Joachim Recke (arr.): Fifty years of the Ministry of Food – Federal Ministry of Food , ed. by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry, Bonn 1969.
  • Selection bibliography , in Journal of Agricultural History and Sociology of Agriculture (ZAA) 24 (1976) pp. 3–7.
  • My life as an agrarian. An autobiography 1924-1978 . Bayerischer Landwirtschaftsverlag, Munich 1982, ISBN 978-3405127350.
  • From Bavarian Agricultural History 1525-1978. Collected posts . Bayerischer Landwirtschaftsverlag, Munich 1986. Commemorative for 80th birthday, ISBN 978-3405132668.


  • Günther Franz: Professor Dr. Heinz Haushofer 70 years , in ZAA 24 (1976) pp. 1-7
  • Ders .: Heinz Haushofer [Obituary], ibid. 36 (1988) p. 1 f.
  • Hermann skirts. Veterinary medicine on the move Part III: Heinz Haushofer . Books on Demand GmbH February 2004 Title page in Google Book Search
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