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

Martin LutherMartin Luther

10 November 1483

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels

29 October 1897

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI

16 April 1927

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel

17 July 1954

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel

15 November 1891

Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck

01 April 1815

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich

07 March 1904

Rudolf HessRudolf Hess

26 April 1894

Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz

16 September 1891

Martin BormannMartin Bormann

17 June 1900

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Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle

16 February 1948

Paul von HindenburgPaul von Hindenburg

02 October 1847

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg

05 March 1871

Hildegard of BingenHildegard of Bingen

16 September 1098

Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian

17 June 1888

Wilhelm KeitelWilhelm Keitel

22 September 1882

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Konrad AdenauerKonrad Adenauer

05 January 1876

Erich LudendorffErich Ludendorff

09 April 1865

Hermann FegeleinHermann Fegelein

30 October 1906

Helmut KohlHelmut Kohl

03 April 1930

Alfred JodlAlfred Jodl

10 May 1890

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Alfred RosenbergAlfred Rosenberg

12 January 1893

Willy BrandtWilly Brandt

18 December 1913

Julius StreicherJulius Streicher

12 February 1885

Johannes RauJohannes Rau

16 January 1931

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George PattonGeorge Patton

11 November 1885

Hermann GoringHermann Goring

12 January 1893

Lord ActonLord Acton

10 January 1834

John Huss John Huss

1369 AD

Louis I The PiousLouis The Pious

16 April 0778

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Martin BormannMartin Bormann
Rudolf HössRudolf Höss

25 November 1901

Ernst RöhmErnst Röhm

28 November 1887

Leopold I of BelgiumLeopold I of Belgium

16 December 1790

Frederick III, German EmperorFrederick III, German Emperor

1831 AD

Erich von MansteinErich von Manstein

24 November 1887

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Erich HartmannErich Hartmann

19 April 1922

William JoyceWilliam Joyce

24 April 1906

Magda GoebbelsMagda Goebbels

11 November 1901

Gerd von RundstedtGerd von Rundstedt

12 December 1875

Erich HoneckerErich Honecker

25 August 1912


0017 BC

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Friedrich PaulusFriedrich Paulus

23 September 1890

William the SilentWilliam the Silent

24 April 1533

Franz von PapenFranz von Papen

29 October 1879

Hans-Ulrich RudelHans-Ulrich Rudel

02 July 1916

Walter ModelWalter Model

24 January 1891

Sigismund, Holy Roman EmperorSigismund, Holy Roman Emperor

14 February 1368

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Frank-Walter SteinmeierFrank-Walter Steinmeier

05 January 1956

Gerhard SchröderGerhard Schröder

07 April 1944

Roland FreislerRoland Freisler

30 October 1893

Klemens von MetternichKlemens von Metternich

15 May 1773

Otto I, Holy Roman EmperorOtto I, Holy Roman Emperor

23 November 0912

Albert KesselringAlbert Kesselring

30 November 1885

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Hans FrankHans Frank

23 May 1900

Anton DrexlerAnton Drexler

13 June 1884


0337 AD

Clara ZetkinClara Zetkin

05 July 1857

Friedrich EbertFriedrich Ebert

04 February 1871

Sepp DietrichSepp Dietrich

28 May 1892

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Wilhelm CanarisWilhelm Canaris

01 January 1887

Michael WittmannMichael Wittmann

22 April 1914

August von MackensenAugust von Mackensen

06 December 1849

Frederick William III of PrussiaFrederick William III of Prussia

03 August 1770

Ulrike MeinhofUlrike Meinhof

07 October 1934

Michel NeyMichel Ney

10 January 1769

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Helmuth von Moltke the ElderHelmuth von Moltke the Elder

26 October 1800

Kurt von SchleicherKurt von Schleicher

07 April 1882

Hjalmar SchachtHjalmar Schacht

22 January 1877

Ananda MahidolAnanda Mahidol

20 September 1925

Erich RaederErich Raeder

24 April 1876

Helmut SchmidtHelmut Schmidt

23 December 1918

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Albertus MagnusAlbertus Magnus

1200 AD

Lina HeydrichLina Heydrich

14 June 1911

Fedor von BockFedor von Bock

03 December 1880