BORN 26 Nov 1885, Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen - DIED 30 Mar 1970, Norwich, Vermont|
GRAVE LOCATION Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Zentralfriedhof, Robert-Koch-Strasse (Erbgruftenfeld St. Antonius )
Heinrich Brüning served as a volunteer during the First World War. In 1923 he was among the organisers of the passive resistance against the occupation of the Ruhr area. From 1924 to 1933 he was a member of parliament for the Zentrumpartei.
On March 30, 1930 he succeeded Herman Müller as Chancellor of the Reich. He headed a minority government that was supported by the SPD. In 1931 he became Minister of Foreign Affairs as well after Curtius resigned. On May 30, 1932 general Kurt von Schleicher forced him to resign and Franz von Papen became the new chancellor.
In 1934 he fled for the nazis to the Netherlands and from there he left fot the USA. There was a Professor of Economy at Harvard University from 1937 to 1951. From 1951 to 1955 he was Professor of Political Science in Cologne. After 1955 he lived in the USA again. There he died in 1970. He was buried in his birthplace Münster.