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Helmut Schmidt

1918 - 2015

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Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt (German pronunciation: [ˈhɛlmuːt ˈʃmɪt] (listen); 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 1,806,915 page views. His biography is available in 86 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 85 in 2019). Helmut Schmidt is the 910th most popular politician (up from 1,186th in 2019), the 255th most popular biography from Germany (up from 337th in 2019) and the 77th 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 910 out of 15,577Before him are Şah Sultan, Władysław III of Poland, Artaxerxes II of Persia, Ptolemy V Epiphanes, Gojong of Korea, and Julius Streicher. After him are Andronikos II Palaiologos, Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Hafizullah Amin, Cambyses I, John Quincy Adams, and Elisabeth of France.

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Among people born in 1918, Helmut Schmidt ranks 12Before him are Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Richard Feynman, Robert Wadlow, Rita Hayworth, Ken Miles, and Louis Althusser. After him are Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Waldheim, Frederick Sanger, Gertrude B. Elion, Alberto Ascari, and Katherine Johnson. Among people deceased in 2015, Helmut Schmidt ranks 11Before him are Omar Sharif, Demis Roussos, Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Christopher Lee, Terry Pratchett, and Tomas Tranströmer. After him are B.B. King, Anita Ekberg, Lemmy, Laura Antonelli, Nicholas Winton, and Henning Mankell.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Helmut Schmidt ranks 255 out of 6,142Before him are Ferdinand Tönnies (1855), Ernst Jünger (1895), Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk (1887), Elizabeth Charlotte, Madame Palatine (1652), Max Stirner (1806), and Julius Streicher (1885). After him are Justus von Liebig (1803), Maria Sibylla Merian (1647), Adolf von Baeyer (1835), Carl Schmitt (1888), Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg (1620), and Heinrich von Kleist (1777).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Helmut Schmidt ranks 77Before him are Kurt von Schleicher (1882), Irma Grese (1923), Joachim Gauck (1940), Friedrich Ratzel (1844), Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk (1887), and Julius Streicher (1885). After him are Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg (1620), Princess Ludovika of Bavaria (1808), Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor (955), Ferdinand I of Romania (1865), Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden (1710), and Maurice, Prince of Orange (1567).