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Alfons Goppel (October 1, 1905 in Reinhausen, near Regensburgmarker - December 24, 1991 in Johannesbergmarker, near Aschaffenburgmarker) was a German politician of the CSU party and Prime Minister of Bavaria (1962-1978).


Alfons Goppel was born in 1905 as one of nine children of the baker Ludwig Goppel and his wife Barbara.

He married Gertrud Wittenbrink in 1935 and together they had six sons.

Goppel studied law in Munichmarker from 1925 to 1929 and, after graduating, moved back to Regensburg, where he became a lawyer. He joined the state prosecutors office in 1934 and was posted to Mainburgmarker, Kaiserslauternmarker and finally Aschaffenburgmarker. He joined the conservative Bavarian People's Party in 1930 and was a member until the party's self-dissolution in November 1933. He joined the SAmarker (1933) and the NSDAP (1937) in the following years.

He took part in the campaigns in France and Russia in the German Wehrmacht during the Second World War and later became an instructor at the Infanterieschule Döberitz, near Berlin, a trainings camp of the German army.

Returning from the war, he became an official at the city of Aschaffenburg, responsible for housing and refugees. He was elected to the Bavarian Landtag in October 1947 but barred from taking up his seat due to his political past. He, unsuccessfully, campaigned for the Landtag in 1950 again, became second mayor of Aschaffenburg in 1952 and finally, in 1954, was elected to the Landtag and permitted to take up his seat. He remained in the Bavarian parliament until 1978, when he gave it up to become a member of the European Parliament.

He unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Würzburgmarker in 1956 and became an under secretary in the Bavarian Ministry of Justice the year after. He was Bavarian Minister of the Interior (1958-1962) and prime minister of Bavariamarker from December 11, 1962 to November 7, 1978, serving as President of the Bundesratmarker in 1972/73. In 1974 he gained the highest election victory for the CSU in Bavarian history with 62.1% of the votes.

From 1979 to 1984 he was a member of the European Parliamentmarker, as such being part of the first freely elected group of MPs in 1979.

One of his sons, Thomas Goppel, later served as Minister of Science, Research and the Arts (2003-2008).

The Alfons-Goppel-Stiftung (Alfons Goppel Foundation), formed in 1980 and named after him, supports needy children in third-world countries.


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A street in Munich was named after him in 2005

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