Economic Reconstruction Union

WAVWirtschaftliche Aufbau-Vereinigung
The Economic Reconstruction Union (Wirtschaftliche Aufbau-Vereinigung or WAV) was a German political party that was active immediately in Allied-occupied Germany after the Second World War.wikipedia
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Alfred Loritz

The WAV, which existed only in Bavaria, was established in 1945 by the Munich lawyer Alfred Loritz.
In 1945 he established his own political party, the Wirtschaftliche Aufbau-Vereinigung (WAV), and soon gained a reputation as a demagogic speaker.

Germany

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The Economic Reconstruction Union (Wirtschaftliche Aufbau-Vereinigung or WAV) was a German political party that was active immediately in Allied-occupied Germany after the Second World War.

Allied-occupied Germany

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The Economic Reconstruction Union (Wirtschaftliche Aufbau-Vereinigung or WAV) was a German political party that was active immediately in Allied-occupied Germany after the Second World War.

World War II

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The Economic Reconstruction Union (Wirtschaftliche Aufbau-Vereinigung or WAV) was a German political party that was active immediately in Allied-occupied Germany after the Second World War.

Bavaria

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The WAV, which existed only in Bavaria, was established in 1945 by the Munich lawyer Alfred Loritz.

Munich

Munich, GermanyMünchenMunich, West Germany
The WAV, which existed only in Bavaria, was established in 1945 by the Munich lawyer Alfred Loritz.

Office of Military Government, United States

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It was officially licensed as a political party by the US military government on 8 December 1945.

Populism

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The party programmes was populist and was in some ways simply a support for its demagogic leader as it had a very limited policy base beyond support for federalism.

Federalism

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The party programmes was populist and was in some ways simply a support for its demagogic leader as it had a very limited policy base beyond support for federalism.

Liberalism

liberalliberalssocially liberal
Due to its anti-liberal stance the group has been characterised as radical right wing populist party by Betz and Immerfall.

All-German Bloc/League of Expellees and Deprived of Rights

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Like the later All-German Bloc/League of Expellees and Deprived of Rights the WAV's main support base was amongst internal expellees and it had little support amongst native Bavarians.

Flight and expulsion of Germans (1944–1950)

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Like the later All-German Bloc/League of Expellees and Deprived of Rights the WAV's main support base was amongst internal expellees and it had little support amongst native Bavarians.

Nazi Party

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It also sought to reach out to demobilised soldiers and small-time former Nazi Party officials with only perfunctory connections to ideological Nazism who saw themselves as the victims of denazification plans.

Nazism

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It also sought to reach out to demobilised soldiers and small-time former Nazi Party officials with only perfunctory connections to ideological Nazism who saw themselves as the victims of denazification plans.

Denazification

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It also sought to reach out to demobilised soldiers and small-time former Nazi Party officials with only perfunctory connections to ideological Nazism who saw themselves as the victims of denazification plans.

Landtag of Bavaria

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The party secured representation in the Landtag of Bavaria in 1946.

1949 West German federal election

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Nevertheless, the party contested the Bavarian seats in the 1949 West German federal election and captured 14.4% of the vote to win twelve seats.

Passau

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As a part of an agreement Loritz signed with the Passau-based refugee organisation the New Citizens Alliance half of the party's candidates were refugees and as a result they gained widespread support in those constituencies with the highest number of refugees.

Bundestag

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By that October the party within the Bundestag began to disintegrate when four of its members left to form a new group for refugees associated with the Centre Party.

Centre Party (Germany)

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By that October the party within the Bundestag began to disintegrate when four of its members left to form a new group for refugees associated with the Centre Party.

German Party (1947)

German PartyDPAll-German Party
In December 1951 a further group of six deputies left to join the German Party and when another joined the Deutsche Reichspartei soon afterwards it left Loritz as the WAV's sole deputy.

Deutsche Reichspartei

German Reich PartyDRPReichspartei
In December 1951 a further group of six deputies left to join the German Party and when another joined the Deutsche Reichspartei soon afterwards it left Loritz as the WAV's sole deputy.

1953 West German federal election

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No WAV candidates were put forward for the 1953 federal election and the party was not heard of again.

Hans Ehard

He was a member of the constituent assembly, and was elected Minister President on 21 December 1946 with a coalition of CSU, SPD and the Economic Structure Combination (Wirtschaftliche Aufbau-Vereinigung).