Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967)

"In the early years of the Federal Republic he switched focus from denazification to recovery and led his country from the ruins of World War II to becoming a productive and prosperous nation that forged close relations with France, the United Kingdom and the United States. During his years in power, West Germany achieved democracy, stability, international respect and economic prosperity ("Wirtschaftswunder", German for "economic miracle").

Adenauer belied his age by his intense work habits and his uncanny political instinct. He displayed a strong dedication to a broad vision of market-based liberal democracy and anti-communism. A shrewd politician, Adenauer was deeply committed to a Western-oriented foreign policy and restoring the position of West Germany on the world stage. He worked to restore the West German economy from the destruction of World War II to a central position in Europe, presiding over the German Economic Miracle together with his Minister of Economics, Ludwig Erhard. He was a driving force in re-establishing national military forces (the Bundeswehr) in West Germany since 1955. Adenauer opposed rival East Germany and made his nation a member of NATO and a member of the Western Alliance." - ( 30.10.2019)

What we know


was born Cologne 05.01.1876
died Rhöndorf 19.04.1967
official Lord Mayor Cologne 1917-1933
official Lord Mayor Cologne 1945
official chairperson Christian Democratic Union 1950-1966
official Kanzler BRD (1949-1990) 1949-1963


Student Law Freiburg im Breisgau
Student Law Munich
Student Law Bonn

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