Anton von Aretin (Politiker)

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Anton Freiherr von Aretin (* 15 August 1918 in Munich; † 12 June 1981 in Aldersbach, Lower Bavaria) was a German politician of the Bavarian Party (BP).

Life and work

Von Aretin came from the Aretin family and was a son of the editor-in-chief of the local newspaper Münchner Neueste Nachrichten, Erwein Freiherr von Aretin (1887-1952) and the Countess Maria Anna von Belcredi (1888-1968). He had three other younger brothers, Sebastian (1921-1945), the historian Karl Otmar (1923-2014), and the Jesuit Richard (1926-2006). He was a cousin of Annette von Aretin and a great-great-grandnephew of the well-known Bavarian historian and librarian Johann Christoph Freiherr von Aretin.

After graduating from the Wilhelmsgymnasium in Munich, he studied law in Munich and Prague. From 1941 to 1946 he was in exile in Iceland.

In 1946 he initially became a member of the CSU. In the early summer of 1947 he switched to the Bavarian Party together with Anton Donhauser and other members and functionaries who were disappointed that the Schäffer-Hundhammer wing with its genuine Bavarian-state political ideas had not been able to assert itself. In the same year he became district chairman of the Bavarian Party in Lower Bavaria.

Aretin was a member of the German Bundestag from 1949 to 1953. There he represented the Bavarian Party, which on 14 December 1951 entered into a parliamentary group with the Centre Party under the name Federalist Union (FU). He was a member of the Bavarian State Parliament from 1950 to May 2, 1951. He represented the constituency of Vilshofen.

From 1954 until his sudden death he worked for the Aldersbach brewery and contributed significantly to its success. In 1969 he married the Austrian Johanna Colloredo-Mansfeld (1923-2010).


  • Deutscher Bundestag (ed.): Datenhandbuch zur Geschichte des Deutschen Bundestages von 1949 bis 1999. Eine Veröffentlichung der Wissenschaftlichen Dienste des Deutschen Bundestages. Nomos, Baden-Baden, ISBN 3-7890-5928-5.
  • Rudolf Vierhaus, Ludolf Herbst (eds.), Bruno Jahn (co-ed.): Biographisches Handbuch der Mitglieder des Deutschen Bundestages. 1949-2002. vol. 1: A-M. K. G. Saur, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-598-23782-0, p. 18.

Web links

  • Anton von Aretin in the parliamentary database at the House of Bavarian History