Helmut Kohl

Helmut Kohl


Helmut Kohl earned his place in history by securing the successful reunification of Germany after the collapse of communism. His 16 years in office made him the longest-serving German chancellor since Bismarck and he was once described as the greatest European leader in the second half of the 20th Century. He was a passionate supporter of greater European integration and was one of the main architects of the Maastricht Treaty. Yet the end of his career was marred by economic problems in the old East Germany and a financial scandal within his own CDU party. Helmut Josef Michael Kohl was born on 3 April 1930 into a conservative, Catholic family, His political outlook was shaped by his experiences in his hometown of Ludwigshafen in the Rhineland during World War Two. Because of its huge chemical works, the town was heavily bombed and, at the age of 12, the young Helmut found himself helping to recover the charred bodies of his neighbours from the rubble. What he once described as "the blessing of a late birth" freed him from any taints of Nazism.
  • When was
    Helmut Kohl born?

    Helmut Kohl was born on Thursday, April 3, 1930

  • Where was
    Helmut Kohl born?

    Helmut Kohl was born in Ludwigshafen am Rhe, Germany

  • How old was
    Helmut Kohl when they died?

    Helmut Kohl was 87

  • When did Helmut Kohl die?

    Helmut Kohl died on
    Friday, June 16, 2017

  • How tall is Helmut Kohl?

    Helmut Kohl is 6'4"(1.93m)

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  • These measures contribute significantly to increasing the confidence of foreign investors, ... Germany will support the reform process with great commitment.
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