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Ernst Buermeyer

   1883-1945

"A Political Renegade"

   Ernst Buermeyer was born in 1883 to Christian and Anna Marie (nee. Baute) in Meesdorf, Germany. His father was a farmer.

   Ernst spent three years in Osnabrueck studying to become a teacher, before graduating and starting his career in 1904 in Lower Bentheim. He moved to the Upper county of Bentheim in January, 1906. It was here he met and married Dina Hermina Koonert (b. 14-12-1885). The couple had three children: Two daughters, twins: Elizabeth and Annamaria, born in 1918, and a son, Dietrich, born in 1916.

   Ernst's political career began in 1918 when he joined the German People's Party (DVP). At various times he held senior positions with the party and ran as a candidate. During this same period he belonged to the District Teachers Association Board of Directors.

   In 1920 he ran for mayor of Gildehaus and won.

   Burdened with debt, Germany's inflation rate and economic situation was in crisis. Ernst formed a co-operative savings and loan fund in 1921 to help farmers overcome financial difficulties. His economic reforms garnered widespread attention and respect. In 1929 he ran for provincial elections representing the district of Osnabrueck and won by a sizeable majority (76.3%).

   Ernst successfully lobbied to construct a highway to the Dutch border. The highway improved trade with the Netherlands and employed local workers during a time when the unemployment rate was at its' highest levels. During the 1920's, Ernst also created and organized a number of training programs to benefit the region's youth.

   But Ernst Buermeyer's political career came under attack by Dr. Josef St´┐Żnder, a radical supporter of Hitler's NSDAP party. Constant allegations of corrupt activities and incompetence were launched against Ernst in an attempt to undermine his popularity in the district. Allegations that were eventually brought before the courts and very quickly dismissed. And while Ernst's popularity remained intact, his health was severely affected by the NSDAP's on-going tactics. He suffered a nervous breakdown and his career in politics could no longer withstand the NSDAP's onslaught.

   Ernst Buermeyer died of cancer in 1945 in Osnabrueck.