German Politicians: Their connection and controversy


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German Politicians: Their connection and controversy

  1. 1. German Politicians: Their connection and controversy
  2. 2. Structure:  Presentation of the politicians: 1.Willy Brandt 2.Egon Bahr 3.Erich Honecker 4.Helmut Kohl 5. Hans-Dietrich Genscher  Connection of the politicians  Controversy between them  East-West Conflict  Role of the politicians in the East-West Conflict
  3. 3. Willy Brandt *18.12.1913 in Lübeck †08.10.1992 in Unkel -1957-1966 Berlin‘s mayor -1966-1969 foreign minister -1969-1974 fourth federal chancellor of Germany -1971 Nobel Prize for Peace for his politics towards the east
  4. 4. Egon Bahr *19.031922 in Treffurt -1972-1974 federal minister for special duties -1974-1976 federal minister for economical cooperation -Key mastermind and former of the eastern politics in the Brandt government.
  5. 5. Erich Honecker *25.08.1912 in Neunkirchen †29.05.1994 in Santiago de Chile -ca.1970-1980 council chairman of the GDR, SED and the National Defense -Material organizer of the construction of the Berlin Wall
  6. 6. Helmut Kohl *03.04.1930 in Ludwigshafen -1969-1976 prime minister of Rheinland-Pfalz -1973-1998: CDU’s chairman -1982-1998:sixth federal chancellor of Germany -1989/1990:Former of the German reunion (‘’father of the reunification’’)
  7. 7. Hans-Dietrich Genscher *21.03.1927 in Reideburg -1969-1974 minister of the interior of Germany -1974-1985 chairman of the FDP -1974-1992 without interruption minister of the external and the replacement of the chancellor of Germany
  8. 8. Connection  Willy Brandt – Egon Bahr: While Willy Brandt reigned Germany Egon Bahr was federal minister for special Duties Together they were masterminds in the German eastern politics  Helmut Kohl-Hans-Dietrich Genscher / Erich Honecker: They were all in the government of their country when the Berlin Wall fell
  9. 9. Controversy  Helmut Kohl – Hans-Dietrich Genscher / Erich Honecker: While Helmut Kohl and Hans-Dietrich Genscher tried to reunite Germany Erich Honecker wasn’t of their opinion and just believed in his conception of a separated Germany.
  10. 10. East-West Conflict  Main conflict between USA and UdSSR  They wanted to avoid a nuclear war  Moreover they tried to increase their power in the world.  The conflict escalated in 1961/1962 because of the Cuba Crisis  To avoid a war >> Kennedy and Chrutschow invented the Hot Wire to communicate  The East-West Conflict ended with the breakup of the UdSSR in 1991
  11. 11. Role of the politicians in the East-West Conflict  Willy Brandt and Egon Bahr: New-east politics: special communication politic between east and west and the East Contracts with Poland and the UdSSR with the principle of ,,change by approach’’  Helmut Kohl and Hans-Dietrich Genscher:# their politics were involved in the reunion of East- and Westgermany in 1989. It served as ideal for the UdSSR and the USA  Erich Honecker: Was against an approach of east and west and believed in the east-west system until the end of the UdSSR in 1991
  12. 12. Sources  Book: ,,Die Bundesrepublik’’  The Internet