The leaders of a nation are vested with power which they can use to guide the masses on the path of development or lead to their doom, like the infamous dictator Adolf Hitler. Similar to the dictator, the history of Germany has witnessed the rise and fall of many great leaders. These leaders have made significant contribution to the changes in socio-economic conditions both for the better and worse. Had it not been for Kaiser Frederick III, or the dictator Paul von Hidenburg, or even the great politician Helmut Kohl, the history of revolution, war and politics would have remained incomplete. It is not an easy task to motivate the masses on this magnitude for a cause but these famous German leaders have endured the tests of time and have helped attain the cumulative objective of the nation through their strength of character, determination and tenacity. The legacy is carried forward by the leaders of the modern day like Willy Brandt, Angela Merkel and Gerhard Schroder, who like their predecessors are trying to steer the nation on the path of development.Browse through the collection of biographies of some of the most famous German leaders. Read them for more information on their life stories, timeline along with some interesting facts & trivia related to their lives.

Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler

20 April 1889

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler

07 October 1900

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel

17 July 1954

Martin LutherMartin Luther

10 November 1483

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels

29 October 1897

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich

07 March 1904

Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck

01 April 1815

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel

15 November 1891

Rudolf HessRudolf Hess

26 April 1894

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI

16 April 1927

Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz

16 September 1891

Martin BormannMartin Bormann

17 June 1900

Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle

16 February 1948

Hildegard of BingenHildegard of Bingen

16 September 1098

Erich LudendorffErich Ludendorff

09 April 1865

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg

05 March 1871

Wilhelm KeitelWilhelm Keitel

22 September 1882

Konrad AdenauerKonrad Adenauer

05 January 1876

Helmut KohlHelmut Kohl

03 April 1930

Willy BrandtWilly Brandt

18 December 1913

Alfred RosenbergAlfred Rosenberg

12 January 1893

Alfred JodlAlfred Jodl

10 May 1890

Hermann FegeleinHermann Fegelein

30 October 1906

Julius StreicherJulius Streicher

12 February 1885

Johannes RauJohannes Rau

16 January 1931

George PattonGeorge Patton

11 November 1885

John Huss John Huss

1369 AD

Hermann GoringHermann Goring

12 January 1893

Lord ActonLord Acton

10 January 1834

Louis I The PiousLouis The Pious

16 April 0778

Martin BormannMartin Bormann

Paul von HindenburgPaul von Hindenburg

02 October 1847

Manfred von RichthofenManfred von Richthofen

02 May 1892

Rudolf HössRudolf Höss

25 November 1901

Ernst RöhmErnst Röhm

28 November 1887

Joachim von RibbentropJoachim von Ribbentrop

30 April 1893

Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian

17 June 1888

Frederick III, German EmperorFrederick III, German Emperor

1831 AD

Leopold I of BelgiumLeopold I of Belgium

16 December 1790

Erich von MansteinErich von Manstein

24 November 1887

Magda GoebbelsMagda Goebbels

11 November 1901

Erich HartmannErich Hartmann

19 April 1922

Gerd von RundstedtGerd von Rundstedt

12 December 1875

Frank-Walter SteinmeierFrank-Walter Steinmeier

05 January 1956

Franz von PapenFranz von Papen

29 October 1879

William the SilentWilliam the Silent

24 April 1533

Gerhard SchröderGerhard Schröder

07 April 1944

Friedrich PaulusFriedrich Paulus

23 September 1890

August von MackensenAugust von Mackensen

06 December 1849

Erich HoneckerErich Honecker

25 August 1912

William JoyceWilliam Joyce

24 April 1906

ArminiusArminius

0017 BC

Hans FrankHans Frank

23 May 1900

Hans-Ulrich RudelHans-Ulrich Rudel

02 July 1916

Otto I, Holy Roman EmperorOtto I, Holy Roman Emperor

23 November 0912

Albert KesselringAlbert Kesselring

30 November 1885

AmbroseAmbrose

0337 AD

Wilhelm CanarisWilhelm Canaris

01 January 1887

Walter ModelWalter Model

24 January 1891

Sigismund, Holy Roman EmperorSigismund, Holy Roman Emperor

14 February 1368

Lina HeydrichLina Heydrich

14 June 1911

Sepp DietrichSepp Dietrich

28 May 1892

Anton DrexlerAnton Drexler

13 June 1884

Klemens von MetternichKlemens von Metternich

15 May 1773

Albertus MagnusAlbertus Magnus

1200 AD

Friedrich EbertFriedrich Ebert

04 February 1871

Michael WittmannMichael Wittmann

22 April 1914

Roland FreislerRoland Freisler

30 October 1893

Frederick William III of PrussiaFrederick William III of Prussia

03 August 1770

Helmuth von Moltke the ElderHelmuth von Moltke the Elder

26 October 1800

Hjalmar SchachtHjalmar Schacht

22 January 1877

Kurt von SchleicherKurt von Schleicher

07 April 1882

Erich RaederErich Raeder

24 April 1876

Matthias ErzbergerMatthias Erzberger

20 September 1875

Helmut SchmidtHelmut Schmidt

23 December 1918

Paul von Lettow-VorbeckPaul von Lettow-Vorbeck

20 March 1870

Michel NeyMichel Ney

10 January 1769

Manfred RommelManfred Rommel

24 December 1928