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

Martin LutherMartin Luther
10 November 1483
Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
07 October 1900
Nazi Commander

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
15 November 1891
General

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels
29 October 1897
German Nazi politician
Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
16 April 1927
Pope

Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck
01 April 1815
German Statesman

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
07 March 1904
Nazi Official

Rudolf HessRudolf Hess
26 April 1894
Deputy Führer
Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz
16 September 1891
Naval Officer

Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle
16 February 1948
Spiritual Speaker & Author
Martin BormannMartin Bormann
17 June 1900
Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler

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

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
05 March 1871
Marxist Theorist
Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian
17 June 1888
German General

Wilhelm KeitelWilhelm Keitel
22 September 1882
German Commanding Officer
Hildegard of BingenHildegard of Bingen
16 September 1098
Philosopher

Joachim von RibbentropJoachim von Ribbentrop
30 April 1893
Nazi Minister

Konrad AdenauerKonrad Adenauer
05 January 1876
Former Chancellor of Germany
Erich LudendorffErich Ludendorff
09 April 1865
General of German Army

Helmut KohlHelmut Kohl
03 April 1930
Former Chancellor of Germany
Alfred JodlAlfred Jodl
10 May 1890
Military Commander, Nazi War Criminal

Willy BrandtWilly Brandt
18 December 1913
Former Chancellor of Germany

Alfred RosenbergAlfred Rosenberg
12 January 1893
Nazi Party Ideologue, Author

Hermann FegeleinHermann Fegelein
30 October 1906
Nazi Leader
Julius StreicherJulius Streicher
12 February 1885
A Member of National Socialist German Workers'
Prince Rupert of the RhinePrince Rupert of the Rhine
17 December 1619
Military Leader

Gustav StresemannGustav Stresemann
10 May 1878
Chancellor of Germany

Johannes RauJohannes Rau
16 January 1931
Former President of Germany

George PattonGeorge Patton
11 November 1885
Military Officer
Hermann GoringHermann Goring
12 January 1893
German Military Leader

Lord ActonLord Acton
10 January 1834
 

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

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

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Karl Von ClausewitzKarl Von Clausewitz
01 July 1780
General
Dieter ZetscheDieter Zetsche
05 May 1953
Engineer, Businessperson, Merchant, Entrepreneur

Martin BormannMartin Bormann
War Crimes, Military Leader
Ernst RöhmErnst Röhm
28 November 1887
Military officer

Rudolf HössRudolf Höss
25 November 1901
Military Leader

Frederick III, German EmperorFrederick III, German Emperor
1831 AD
King
Gerd von RundstedtGerd von Rundstedt
12 December 1875
Officer

Erich HoneckerErich Honecker
25 August 1912
Politician, Autobiographer, Non-fiction writer
Leopold I of BelgiumLeopold I of Belgium
16 December 1790
Politician, Military personnel

ArminiusArminius
0017 BC
Roman general

Erich von MansteinErich von Manstein
24 November 1887
Officer

Magda GoebbelsMagda Goebbels
11 November 1901
 

Erich HartmannErich Hartmann
19 April 1922
Aviator, Officer
Ananda MahidolAnanda Mahidol
20 September 1925
King

Manfred WeberManfred Weber
14 July 1972
Politician

William the SilentWilliam the Silent
24 April 1533
Politician

Franz von PapenFranz von Papen
29 October 1879
Chancellor , Prime Minister
Friedrich PaulusFriedrich Paulus
23 September 1890
Officer

William JoyceWilliam Joyce
24 April 1906
Politician, Journalist, Radio personality
Frank-Walter SteinmeierFrank-Walter Steinmeier
05 January 1956
Politician, Jurist, Lawyer

Otto I, Holy Roman EmperorOtto I, Holy Roman Emperor
23 November 0912
Emperor

Gerhard SchröderGerhard Schröder
07 April 1944
Lawyer, Politician, Consultant, Non-fiction writer
Hans-Ulrich RudelHans-Ulrich Rudel
02 July 1916
Aviator, Writer, Mountaineer, Officer

Hans FrankHans Frank
23 May 1900
Lawyer, Politician
Walter ModelWalter Model
24 January 1891
Officer

Albert KesselringAlbert Kesselring
30 November 1885
German military commander

Sigismund, Holy Roman EmperorSigismund, Holy Roman Emperor
14 February 1368
King of Hungary
AmbroseAmbrose
0337 AD
writer,philosopher,theologian

Michael WittmannMichael Wittmann
22 April 1914
Soldier
Wilhelm CanarisWilhelm Canaris
01 January 1887
Intelligence officer, Submariner, Navy officer

Klemens von MetternichKlemens von Metternich
15 May 1773
Diplomat, Politician

Anton DrexlerAnton Drexler
13 June 1884
Politician

Sepp DietrichSepp Dietrich
28 May 1892
Military personnel
Roland FreislerRoland Freisler
30 October 1893
Judge, Politician, Lawyer
Frederick William III of PrussiaFrederick William III of Prussia
03 August 1770
Composer, Politician

Manfred RommelManfred Rommel
24 December 1928
Writer, Politician, Jurist

Kurt von SchleicherKurt von Schleicher
07 April 1882
politician, officer

Helmut SchmidtHelmut Schmidt
23 December 1918
Politician, Economist, Civil servant, Non-fiction
Ludwig BeckLudwig Beck
29 June 1880
Writer, Military personnel

Hjalmar SchachtHjalmar Schacht
22 January 1877
Economist, Banker, Politician

Erich RaederErich Raeder
24 April 1876
Navy officer

Michel NeyMichel Ney
10 January 1769
Military commander

Albertus MagnusAlbertus Magnus
1200 AD
Saint
Ulrike MeinhofUlrike Meinhof
07 October 1934
Journalist, Writer, Sociologist

Fedor von BockFedor von Bock
03 December 1880
Officer
Walter UlbrichtWalter Ulbricht
30 June 1893
Politician

Friedrich EbertFriedrich Ebert
04 February 1871
Politician, President

Helmuth von Moltke the ElderHelmuth von Moltke the Elder
26 October 1800
Writer, Officer, Historian
Lina HeydrichLina Heydrich
14 June 1911
Writer

Walther von BrauchitschWalther von Brauchitsch
04 October 1881
Military personnel
Ferdinand SchörnerFerdinand Schörner
12 June 1892
General

August von MackensenAugust von Mackensen
06 December 1849
Officer, Military leader

Frederick William IV of PrussiaFrederick William IV of Prussia
15 October 1795
Politician

Nero Claudius DrususNero Claudius Drusus
14 January 0038
Roman Politician
Baldur von SchirachBaldur von Schirach
09 May 1907
Politician, Screenwriter

Paul HausserPaul Hausser
07 October 1880
Officer, Military personnel
Gebhard Leberecht von BlücherGebhard Leberecht von Blücher
16 December 1742
Military officer

Wilhelm FrickWilhelm Frick
12 March 1877
Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer

Gregor StrasserGregor Strasser
31 May 1892
Politician, Pharmacist

Emil MauriceEmil Maurice
19 January 1897
Politician
Egon KrenzEgon Krenz
19 March 1937
German Politician