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
Nazi Leader, German Dictator and Chancellor of
Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
17 July 1954
Chancellor of Germany

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
07 October 1900
Nazi Commander

Ursula von der LeyenUrsula von der Leyen
08 October 1958
President of the European Commission

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels
29 October 1897
German Nazi politician

Martin LutherMartin Luther
10 November 1483
Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer
Hermann GoringHermann Goring
12 January 1893
German Military Leader

George PattonGeorge Patton
11 November 1885
Military Officer

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
16 April 1927
Pope
Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
07 March 1904
Nazi Official

Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck
01 April 1815
German Statesman
Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
15 November 1891
General

Rudolf HessRudolf Hess
26 April 1894
Deputy Führer

Paul von HindenburgPaul von Hindenburg
02 October 1847
General, Second President of Weimar Republic

Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz
16 September 1891
Naval Officer

Martin BormannMartin Bormann
17 June 1900
Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler
Maximilian Carl Emil WeberMax Weber
21 April 1864
Sociologist

Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle
16 February 1948
Spiritual Speaker & Author

Claus von StauffenbergClaus von Stauffenberg
15 November 1907
Military Leader

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
05 March 1871
Marxist Theorist
Hildegard of BingenHildegard of Bingen
16 September 1098
Philosopher

Joachim von RibbentropJoachim von Ribbentrop
30 April 1893
Nazi Minister
Wilhelm KeitelWilhelm Keitel
22 September 1882
German Commanding Officer

Konrad AdenauerKonrad Adenauer
05 January 1876
Former Chancellor of Germany
Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian
17 June 1888
German General

Franz von PapenFranz von Papen
29 October 1879
Former Vice-Chancellor of Germany
Erich LudendorffErich Ludendorff
09 April 1865
General of German Army

Friedrich PaulusFriedrich Paulus
23 September 1890
Military Officer

Helmut KohlHelmut Kohl
03 April 1930
Former Chancellor of Germany
Willy BrandtWilly Brandt
18 December 1913
Former Chancellor of Germany

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Erich von MansteinErich von Manstein
24 November 1887
Military Leader
Wilm HosenfeldWilm Hosenfeld
02 May 1895
Army Officer

Kurt von SchleicherKurt von Schleicher
07 April 1882
Former Chancellor of Germany

Gerd von RundstedtGerd von Rundstedt
12 December 1875
Military Officer

Erich HoneckerErich Honecker
25 August 1912
General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of
Alfred JodlAlfred Jodl
10 May 1890
Military Commander, Nazi War Criminal
Alfred RosenbergAlfred Rosenberg
12 January 1893
Nazi Party Ideologue, Author

Louis I The PiousLouis The Pious
16 April 0778
King of Aquitaine, King of Franks & Co-Emperor

Hermann FegeleinHermann Fegelein
30 October 1906
Nazi Leader

Karl Von ClausewitzKarl Von Clausewitz
01 July 1780
General
August von MackensenAugust von Mackensen
06 December 1849
Military Leader

William JoyceWilliam Joyce
24 April 1906
Politician

John Huss John Huss
1369 AD
Religious Thinker, Philosophers, Reformer

William the SilentWilliam the Silent
24 April 1533
Military Leader

Walter ModelWalter Model
24 January 1891
Military Officer
Helmut SchmidtHelmut Schmidt
23 December 1918
Politician

Wilhelm CanarisWilhelm Canaris
01 January 1887
Admiral
Friedrich Wilhelm von SteubenFriedrich Wilhelm von Steuben
17 September 1730
Military Officer

Sepp DietrichSepp Dietrich
28 May 1892
Military Officer

Julius StreicherJulius Streicher
12 February 1885
A Member of National Socialist German Workers'
Klemens von MetternichKlemens von Metternich
15 May 1773
Former Chancellor of Germany

Anton DrexlerAnton Drexler
13 June 1884
Political Leader
Helmuth von Moltke the ElderHelmuth von Moltke the Elder
26 October 1800
General, Historian

Prince Rupert of the RhinePrince Rupert of the Rhine
17 December 1619
Military Leader

Adolf GallandAdolf Galland
19 March 1912
Military Leader

Baldur von SchirachBaldur von Schirach
09 May 1907
Nazi Leader

Friedrich FrommFriedrich Fromm
08 October 1888
German Army officer
Henning von TresckowHenning von Tresckow
10 January 1901
Military Officer

Friedrich EbertFriedrich Ebert
04 February 1871
Politician

Erich RaederErich Raeder
24 April 1876
Admiral

Fedor von BockFedor von Bock
03 December 1880
Military Commander
Albertus MagnusAlbertus Magnus
1205 AD
Saint

Karl HankeKarl Hanke
24 August 1903
Politician
Michael WittmannMichael Wittmann
22 April 1914
Military Officer

Walther von BrauchitschWalther von Brauchitsch
04 October 1881
Military Commander

Gustav StresemannGustav Stresemann
10 May 1878
Chancellor of Germany
Wilhelm MohnkeWilhelm Mohnke
15 March 1911
Military Leader

Paul HausserPaul Hausser
07 October 1880
Military Leader
Theodor EickeTheodor Eicke
17 October 1892
Military Officer

Wilhelm BurgdorfWilhelm Burgdorf
15 February 1895
Nazi Military officer

Kurt EisnerKurt Eisner
14 May 1867
Statesman
Johannes RauJohannes Rau
16 January 1931
Former President of Germany

Lord ActonLord Acton
10 January 1834
 
Gyles BrandrethGyles Brandreth
08 March 1948
Writer

Publius Quinctilius VarusPublius Quinctilius Varus
0046 BC
Roman general

Claus Schenk Graf von StauffenbergClaus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
15 November 1907
German officer

Tom DaschleTom Daschle
09 December 1947
Politician
Frank-Walter SteinmeierFrank-Walter Steinmeier
05 January 1956
Politician
William I, German EmperorWilliam I, German Emperor
22 March 1797
King

Gerhard SchröderGerhard Schröder
07 April 1944
Politician

Heinrich MüllerHeinrich Müller
28 April 1900
Police officer

Erich HartmannErich Hartmann
19 April 1922
Aviator, Officer
Annegret Kramp-KarrenbauerAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
09 August 1962
Politician

Ananda MahidolAnanda Mahidol
20 September 1925
King

Frederick William III of PrussiaFrederick William III of Prussia
03 August 1770
King

Josef DietrichJosef Dietrich
28 May 1892
 

Elizabeth of HungaryElizabeth of Hungary
07 July 1207
Saint
Lina HeydrichLina Heydrich
14 June 1911
Writer

Willi HeroldWilli Herold
11 September 1925
Military personnel
Emil MauriceEmil Maurice
19 January 1897
Politician

Edmund the MartyrEdmund the Martyr
0841 AD
King
Ernst ThälmannErnst Thälmann
16 April 1886
Politician, Worker, Revolutionary, Trade unionist
Manfred RommelManfred Rommel
24 December 1928
Writer, Politician, Jurist