Kurt Landauer

Kurt Landauer

Kurt Landauer (born July 28, 1884 in Planegg (close to Munich), died December 21, 1961 in Munich). His profession is generally termed as "merchant", but his claim to fame are his three tenures as the president of the football club FC Bayern München. To date he remains the president with the longest time in office.

He served as the president of the club in the following periods:

  • 1913 - 1914
  • 1919 - 1921
  • 1922 - 1933
  • 1947 - 1951

Up to now he is the club's president with the longest accumulated tenure, Wilhelm Neudecker (†) (1962 - 1979), widely considered as the "father of the modern FC Bayern", and Franz Beckenbauer, since 1994, being the ones with the longest periods in office after him.

In his third tenure he was the first to take the club to national championship honours, when Bayern defeated Eintracht Frankfurt in the final of 1932.

Landauer's tenure then was cut short as he, being jewish, had to resign soon after the Nazis took office in 1933. He had to spend two months in a concentration camp. In 1939 he fled to Switzerland.

The whole of the Bayern Munich team went to visit Landauer in Switzerland in 1940. The gesture though wasn't appreciated by the Nazis.

Kurt Landauer returned from exile in 1947, and was returned to the presidency of Bayern Munich for a few more years.

In the Munich suburb of Freimann a street is named after him.


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