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Willy Brandt 1913-1992

Willy Brandt is one of the outstanding German statesmen of the 20th century. His name is used synonymously with democracy and freedom, understanding between nations, peace, justice, solidarity and social responsibility.

His biography is primarily shaped by his resistance against Nazi Germany and his commitment to a united Europe. Brandt's facinating life's journey begins in the working-class environment of Lübeck. After years in Scandinavian exile, he starts his political career as a member of the German Bundestag in Berlin. Later Brandt is elected Governing Mayor of West-Berlin and becomes the first social-democratic Federal Chancellor in 1969. After his resignation he contributes to the spreading of peace and democracy, in Europe and worldwide.

A selection of Brandt's most famous citations, translated into English, is listed here. More information about Willy Brandt are to be found on the German Website.

Willy Brandt in exile, 1937
Willy Brandt kneels at the memorial of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, December 7, 1970
Willy Brandt in front of the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate, November 10, 1989