Franz Josef Strauß

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Person.png Franz Josef Strauß   PowerbaseRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, deep politician)
Franz Josef Strauß.jpg
Died3 October 1988 (Age 73)
Alma materUniversity of Munich
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Children • Max Josef Franz Georg Strauß
• Monika Hohlmeier
SpouseMarianne Zwicknagl
Founder ofAirbus
Member ofLe Cercle, Stauffenberg Service
Interests • Lockheed/Bribery scandals
• anti-communism
A deep politician and politician, a known attendee of Le Cercle, accused in connection with the Lockheed bribery scandals.

Employment.png Minister President of Bavaria Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
6 November 1978 - 3 October 1988
Succeeded byMax Streibl

Employment.png Federal Minister of Finance

In office
2 December 1966 - 22 October 1969

Employment.png Federal Minister of Defence

In office
16 October 1956 - 16 December 1962

Employment.png Federal Minister for Atomic Affairs

In office
21 October 1955 - 16 October 1956

Franz Josef Strauß (pronounced 'Strauss') was a West German politician and deep politician. He noted in his memoirs that he was a friend of Le Cercle’s Antoine Pinay since the two first met in 1953.[1]

Deep state connections

Franz Josef Strauß is known to have attended Le Cercle[2], though his name does not appear on any of the known guest lists. It is conjectured that he may be "Schmidthuber", guest #8 on the list of German attendees of 1983 meeting of Le Cercle in Bonn, since Strauß was "Minister of State of Bavaria" at the time.

Lockheed bribery scandals

Former Lockheed lobbyist Ernest Hauser told Senate investigators that Minister of Defence Strauß and his party had received at least $10 million for West Germany's purchase of 900 F-104G Starfighters in 1961, which later became part of the Lockheed bribery scandals. The party and its leader denied the allegations, and Strauß filed a slander suit against Hauser. As the allegations were not corroborated, the issue was dropped.[3]

Spiegel scandal

Strauß was forced to step down as defence minister in 1962 in the wake of the Spiegel scandal. Rudolf Augstein, owner and editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel magazine, had been arrested on Strauß' request and was held for 103 days. Strauß later admitted that he had lied to the parliament and was forced to resign, complaining that he was treated like a "Jew who had dared appear at a Nazi party convention".


Franz Josef Strauß co-founded Airbus.


Strauß' enmity with Der Spiegel apparently continued as the magazine was one of very few to break the commercially-controlled media silence surrounding Le Cercle. In the early 1980s the magazine named him as a regular attendant of the Cercle and gave further details of the (then almost unknown) group.[4]

Israeli Nuclear Weapons Development

On April 14, 2015, Veterans Today published a story suggesting that Franz Josef Strauß was implicated in a decision to 'lend' two billion marks for the "development of the Negev" (i.e. the Dinona nuclear weapons factory complex).[5]


A Quote by Franz Josef Strauß

Document:The Deep State: Germany, Immigration, and the National Socialist Underground“One has to make use of the far right, no matter how reactionary they are… Afterwards it is always possible to get rid of them elegantly… One must not be squeamish with auxiliary forces.<a href="#cite_note-20">[20]</a>


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/1957 October4 October 19576 October 1957Italy
The 6th Bilderberg meeting, the latest ever in the year and the first one in Italy.
Le Cercle/1969 (Bavaria)2 July 19692 July 1969Germany
start/date uncertain, but included 2 July 1969
Le Cercle/1970 (Washington)2 December 19702 December 1970US
Washington DC
Rockefeller family mansion
Exact dates uncertain
Le Cercle/1978 (Washington)December 1978December 1978US
Washington DC
Includes the 12 December
Le Cercle/1980 (Washington)5 December 19807 December 1980US
Washington DC
Madison Hotel
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