Hans-Dietrich Genscher

1927 - 2016

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Hans-Dietrich Genscher (21 March 1927 – 31 March 2016) was a German statesman and a member of the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), who served as Federal Minister of the Interior from 1969 to 1974, and as Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and Vice Chancellor of Germany from 1974 to 1992 (except for a two-week break in 1982, after the FDP had left the Third Schmidt cabinet), making him the longest-serving occupant of either post and the only person to have held one of these positions under two different Chancellors of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1991 he was chairman of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). A proponent of Realpolitik, Genscher has been called "a master of diplomacy". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hans-Dietrich Genscher has received more than 439,843 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Hans-Dietrich Genscher is the 3,325th most popular politician (up from 3,438th in 2019), the 891st most popular biography from Germany (up from 946th in 2019) and the 260th most popular Politician.

Hans-Dietrich Genscher is most famous for being the German Foreign Minister from 1974 to 1992. He is credited with the reunification of Germany and the end of the Cold War.

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Among politicians, Hans-Dietrich Genscher ranks 3,325 out of 15,577Before him are Zalman Shazar, Gevherhan Sultan, Mojmir I of Moravia, Cleitus the Black, Mihnea cel Rău, and William II of Holland. After him are Cordell Hull, Henry II, Count of Champagne, Gottlob Berger, Aleksandar Ranković, Lady Margaret Beaufort, and Otto I, Duke of Saxony.

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Among people born in 1927, Hans-Dietrich Genscher ranks 48Before him are Ibrahim Ferrer, Rosalynn Carter, Rosemary Harris, Juan Almeida Bosque, John McCarthy, and Harry Markowitz. After him are George Andrew Olah, Lois Maxwell, Daniel Keyes, Phil Hill, Robert Noyce, and Eduardo Martínez Somalo. Among people deceased in 2016, Hans-Dietrich Genscher ranks 58Before him are Ettore Scola, George Martin, Konstantinos Stephanopoulos, Michèle Morgan, Jacques Rivette, and Harry Kroto. After him are Viktor Korchnoi, Esma Redžepova, Patricio Aylwin, Vesna Vulović, Takahito, Prince Mikasa, and Sonia Rykiel.

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Among people born in Germany, Hans-Dietrich Genscher ranks 891 out of 6,142Before him are Marie d'Agoult (1805), Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1800), Joachim II Hector, Elector of Brandenburg (1505), Christoph Martin Wieland (1733), Bruno of Querfurt (970), and Wied, Prince of Albania (1876). After him are Frei Otto (1925), Gottlob Berger (1896), Engelbert Humperdinck (1854), Günther Rall (1918), Gershom Scholem (1897), and Gerhard von Scharnhorst (1755).

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