|Helmut Josef Michael Kohl
of the Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1982 - 1998
Helmut Josef Michael Kohl was born on 3 April 1930 in Ludwigshafen-am-Rhein in Germany. His father, Hans (possibly Johann Kaspar Kohl, Hans for short) was a veteran of the Imperial Army. His mother's name was Cäcilie Schnur. His family was involved in the Nazi activities of WW II as were most of those who remained in country during these times - his elder brother died as a teenage soldier and Helmut was a member of the Deutsches Jungvolk (Hitler Youth). He was fortunate that his age prevented him from participating in combat.
After the war, in 1950 he went to the University in Frankfurt-am-Main as a commuter student, studying law. He switched to the University at Heidelberg in 1951 and remained there until his graduation with his doctorate degree in 1958. He then immediately went into business, first as an assistant director of a foundry and next as a manager for an Industrial Union.
He was involved in politics at an early age, and joined the CDU (Christian Democratic Union) at 16 years of age, co-founded the youth organization in his home town by 17 years of age, moved up to the Palatinate branch in 1953, and held office in the youth organization from 1954 to 1961. By 1959 he also held a position in the Rhineland-Palatinate CDU as well.
He was the 6th Kanzler of the Bundesrepublik Germany (BRD aka West Germany) (1982-1998) and leader of the German party CDU (1973-1998). He is considered to be the "Kanzler der Wiedervereinigung (English: Chancellor of the reunion).