Karl-Heinz Narjes

Karl-Heinz Narjes (30 January 1924 in Soltau – 26 January 2015 in Bonn) was a German Christian Democratic (CDU) politician. From 1969 to 1973 he was Minister for Economy and Transport of the State of Schleswig-Holstein and from 1981 to 1988 he was a European Commissioner.

Karl-Heinz Narjes in 1973

During World War II, Narjes was a soldier in Kriegsmarine serving on a submarine U-91 with the rank of Leutnant zur See. After the submarine was sunk by the British Navy on 26 February 1944 eastwards of the Azores, Narjes became a prisoner of war of Britain.[1]

From 1971 to January 1973, Narjes was a member of the Landtag of Schleswig-Holstein, i.e. the state parliament.[2] From 1972 to 1981, he was a member of the Bundestag.[2]

In the 1981–1985 Thorn Commission, Narjes was Commissioner for Parliamentary Relations and for Competition

In the 1985–1988 Delors Commission, he was a Vice-President of the Commission and Commission for Industry, information technology and science and research.


  1. ^ U-91 History at the Gefallenendenkmäler Project website
  2. ^ a b State information system Schleswig-Holstein