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.

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
16 April 1927
Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler
20 April 1889
Nazi Leader, German Dictator and Chancellor of

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
07 October 1900
Nazi Commander

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

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels
29 October 1897
German Nazi politician

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
17 July 1954
Chancellor of Germany
Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
07 March 1904
Nazi Official

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
15 November 1891

Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck
01 April 1815
German Statesman
Rudolf HessRudolf Hess
26 April 1894
Deputy Führer

Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz
16 September 1891
Naval Officer
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

Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle
16 February 1948
Spiritual Speaker & Author

Maximilian Carl Emil WeberMax Weber
21 April 1864

Claus von StauffenbergClaus von Stauffenberg
15 November 1907
Military Leader
Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
05 March 1871
Marxist Theorist

Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian
17 June 1888
German General

Hildegard of BingenHildegard of Bingen
16 September 1098

Joachim von RibbentropJoachim von Ribbentrop
30 April 1893
Nazi Minister
Erich LudendorffErich Ludendorff
09 April 1865
General of German Army

Friedrich PaulusFriedrich Paulus
23 September 1890
Military Officer
Wilhelm KeitelWilhelm Keitel
22 September 1882
German Commanding Officer

Konrad AdenauerKonrad Adenauer
05 January 1876
Former Chancellor of Germany
Erich von MansteinErich von Manstein
24 November 1887
Military Leader

Gerd von RundstedtGerd von Rundstedt
12 December 1875
Military Officer
Alfred RosenbergAlfred Rosenberg
12 January 1893
Nazi Party Ideologue, Author

Wilm HosenfeldWilm Hosenfeld
02 May 1895
Army 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 HoneckerErich Honecker
25 August 1912
General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of
Alfred JodlAlfred Jodl
10 May 1890
Military Commander, Nazi War Criminal

Julius StreicherJulius Streicher
12 February 1885
A Member of National Socialist German Workers'

Friedrich Wilhelm von SteubenFriedrich Wilhelm von Steuben
17 September 1730
Military Officer

William the SilentWilliam the Silent
24 April 1533
Military Leader
Klemens von MetternichKlemens von Metternich
15 May 1773
Former Chancellor of Germany
Franz von PapenFranz von Papen
29 October 1879
Former Vice-Chancellor of Germany

Hermann FegeleinHermann Fegelein
30 October 1906
Nazi Leader

Wilhelm CanarisWilhelm Canaris
01 January 1887

William JoyceWilliam Joyce
24 April 1906
Walter ModelWalter Model
24 January 1891
Military Officer

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

August von MackensenAugust von Mackensen
06 December 1849
Military Leader

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

Sepp DietrichSepp Dietrich
28 May 1892
Military Officer
Anton DrexlerAnton Drexler
13 June 1884
Political Leader

Michael WittmannMichael Wittmann
22 April 1914
Military Officer
Henning von TresckowHenning von Tresckow
10 January 1901
Military Officer

Helmut SchmidtHelmut Schmidt
23 December 1918

Albertus MagnusAlbertus Magnus
1205 AD
Helmuth von Moltke the ElderHelmuth von Moltke the Elder
26 October 1800
General, Historian

Erich RaederErich Raeder
24 April 1876
Adolf GallandAdolf Galland
19 March 1912
Military Leader

Baldur von SchirachBaldur von Schirach
09 May 1907
Nazi Leader

Gustav StresemannGustav Stresemann
10 May 1878
Chancellor of Germany

Friedrich EbertFriedrich Ebert
04 February 1871

Paul HausserPaul Hausser
07 October 1880
Military Leader
Wilhelm MohnkeWilhelm Mohnke
15 March 1911
Military Leader

Kurt EisnerKurt Eisner
14 May 1867

Johannes RauJohannes Rau
16 January 1931
Former President of Germany

George PattonGeorge Patton
11 November 1885
Military Officer
Lord ActonLord Acton
10 January 1834

John Huss John Huss
1369 AD
Religious Thinker, Philosophers, Reformer
Karl Von ClausewitzKarl Von Clausewitz
01 July 1780

Hermann GoringHermann Goring
12 January 1893
German Military Leader

Louis I The PiousLouis The Pious
16 April 0778
King of Aquitaine, King of Franks & Co-Emperor
Ursula von der LeyenUrsula von der Leyen
08 October 1958
Physician, Politician

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Roman general
Frank-Walter SteinmeierFrank-Walter Steinmeier
05 January 1956
Politician, Jurist, Lawyer

Erich HartmannErich Hartmann
19 April 1922
Aviator, Officer

Annegret Kramp-KarrenbauerAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
09 August 1962
Gyles BrandrethGyles Brandreth
08 March 1948

Tom DaschleTom Daschle
09 December 1947
Gerhard SchröderGerhard Schröder
07 April 1944

Gerhard Fritz Kurt SchröderGerhard Schröder
11 September 1910

Lina HeydrichLina Heydrich
14 June 1911

Frederick William III of PrussiaFrederick William III of Prussia
03 August 1770
Composer, Politician
Manfred RommelManfred Rommel
24 December 1928
Writer, Politician, Jurist
Clement FreudClement Freud
24 April 1924

Wilhelm FrickWilhelm Frick
12 March 1877
Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer

Ananda MahidolAnanda Mahidol
20 September 1925

Fedor von BockFedor von Bock
03 December 1880
Ludwig BeckLudwig Beck
29 June 1880
Writer, Military personnel

Walther von BrauchitschWalther von Brauchitsch
04 October 1881
Military personnel

Franz HalderFranz Halder
30 June 1884
Soldier, Writer, Diarist

Robert LeyRobert Ley
15 February 1890

Emil MauriceEmil Maurice
19 January 1897
Ulrike MeinhofUlrike Meinhof
07 October 1934
Journalist, Writer, Sociologist

Henry IV, Holy Roman EmperorHenry IV, Holy Roman Emperor
11 November 1050
Ferdinand I of RomaniaFerdinand I of Romania
24 August 1865

Walter UlbrichtWalter Ulbricht
30 June 1893
Paul von Lettow-VorbeckPaul von Lettow-Vorbeck
20 March 1870
Politician, Writer, Officer
Gregor StrasserGregor Strasser
31 May 1892
Politician, Pharmacist