Helmut Schmidt

1918 - 2015

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Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt (German pronunciation: [ˈhɛlmuːt ˈʃmɪt] ; 23 December 1918 – 10 November 2015) was a German politician and member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), who served as the chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982. Before becoming chancellor, he served as the minister of defence (1969–1972) and the minister of finance (1972–1974) in the government of Willy Brandt. In the latter role he gained credit for his financial policies. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Helmut Schmidt has received more than 2,115,028 page views. His biography is available in 90 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 86 in 2019). Helmut Schmidt is the 1,102nd most popular politician (down from 902nd in 2019), the 297th most popular biography from Germany (down from 255th in 2019) and the 84th most popular German Politician.

Helmut Schmidt was a German politician who served as Chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982. He is most famous for his role in the Ostpolitik, which was a policy of détente with the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries.

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Among politicians, Helmut Schmidt ranks 1,102 out of 19,576Before him are Yazdegerd III, Amalric of Jerusalem, Zachary Taylor, 5th Dalai Lama, Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor, and Brennus. After him are Baldwin II of Jerusalem, Archduke Otto of Austria, F. W. de Klerk, Warren G. Harding, Octavia the Younger, and Peter III of Aragon.

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Among people born in 1918, Helmut Schmidt ranks 13Before him are Richard Feynman, Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Waldheim, Louis Althusser, Robert Wadlow, and Rita Hayworth. After him are Ken Miles, Gertrude B. Elion, Alberto Ascari, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Frederick Sanger, and Chaim Herzog. Among people deceased in 2015, Helmut Schmidt ranks 13Before him are Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Christopher Lee, Omar Sharif, Terry Pratchett, Tomas Tranströmer, and B.B. King. After him are Anita Ekberg, Süleyman Demirel, Henning Mankell, Josef Masopust, Laura Antonelli, and Val Logsdon Fitch.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Helmut Schmidt ranks 297 out of 7,253Before him are Wilhelm Grimm (1786), Hans Memling (1435), Sophie Scholl (1921), Martin Behaim (1459), Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1175), and Karl May (1842). After him are Franz Marc (1880), Robert Bunsen (1811), Maximilian II of Bavaria (1811), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1955), Hermann Hoth (1885), and Michael Wittmann (1914).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Helmut Schmidt ranks 84Before him are Wilhelm Pieck (1876), Wilhelm Frick (1877), Anton Drexler (1884), Frederick V of the Palatinate (1596), Irma Grese (1923), and Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1175). After him are Maximilian II of Bavaria (1811), Baldur von Schirach (1907), Henry the Lion (1129), Christian III of Denmark (1503), Theodor Heuss (1884), and Julius Streicher (1885).