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

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
07 October 1900
Nazi Commander

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels
29 October 1897
German Nazi politician

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
17 July 1954
Chancellor of Germany

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
16 April 1927
Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck
01 April 1815
German Statesman

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
15 November 1891

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
07 March 1904
Nazi Official

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
Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle
16 February 1948
Spiritual Speaker & Author

Maximilian Carl Emil WeberMax Weber
21 April 1864

Martin BormannMartin Bormann
17 June 1900
Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler
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

Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian
17 June 1888
German General

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

Erich LudendorffErich Ludendorff
09 April 1865
General of German Army
Kurt von SchleicherKurt von Schleicher
07 April 1882
Former Chancellor of Germany

Konrad AdenauerKonrad Adenauer
05 January 1876
Former Chancellor of Germany

Willy BrandtWilly Brandt
18 December 1913
Former Chancellor of Germany

Helmut KohlHelmut Kohl
03 April 1930
Former Chancellor of Germany
Wilm HosenfeldWilm Hosenfeld
02 May 1895
Army Officer
Alfred RosenbergAlfred Rosenberg
12 January 1893
Nazi Party Ideologue, Author

Alfred JodlAlfred Jodl
10 May 1890
Military Commander, Nazi War Criminal

Hermann FegeleinHermann Fegelein
30 October 1906
Nazi Leader

Prince Rupert of the RhinePrince Rupert of the Rhine
17 December 1619
Military Leader
Julius StreicherJulius Streicher
12 February 1885
A Member of National Socialist German Workers'

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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

John Huss John Huss
1369 AD
Religious Thinker, Philosophers, Reformer
Lord ActonLord Acton
10 January 1834

Hermann GoringHermann Goring
12 January 1893
German Military Leader
Karl Von ClausewitzKarl Von Clausewitz
01 July 1780

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

Martin BormannMartin Bormann
War Crimes, Military Leader
Ursula von der LeyenUrsula von der Leyen
08 October 1958
Physician, Politician

Frederick III, German EmperorFrederick III, German Emperor
1831 AD
Gyles BrandrethGyles Brandreth
08 March 1948

0017 BC
Roman general

Magda GoebbelsMagda Goebbels
11 November 1901

Erich von MansteinErich von Manstein
24 November 1887

William JoyceWilliam Joyce
24 April 1906
Politician, Journalist, Radio personality
Erich HoneckerErich Honecker
25 August 1912
Politician, Autobiographer, Non-fiction writer

Erich HartmannErich Hartmann
19 April 1922
Aviator, Officer

Franz HalderFranz Halder
30 June 1884
Soldier, Writer, Diarist

Frank-Walter SteinmeierFrank-Walter Steinmeier
05 January 1956
Politician, Jurist, Lawyer
Gerd von RundstedtGerd von Rundstedt
12 December 1875

Emil MauriceEmil Maurice
19 January 1897
Pyotr StolypinPyotr Stolypin
14 April 1862

Manfred WeberManfred Weber
14 July 1972

Wilhelm CanarisWilhelm Canaris
01 January 1887
Intelligence officer, Submariner, Navy officer
William the SilentWilliam the Silent
24 April 1533

Hans FrankHans Frank
23 May 1900
Lawyer, Politician
Friedrich PaulusFriedrich Paulus
23 September 1890

Walter ModelWalter Model
24 January 1891

Franz von PapenFranz von Papen
29 October 1879
Chancellor , Prime Minister
Gerhard SchröderGerhard Schröder
07 April 1944
Lawyer, Politician, Consultant, Non-fiction writer

Otto I, Holy Roman EmperorOtto I, Holy Roman Emperor
23 November 0912
Hans-Ulrich RudelHans-Ulrich Rudel
02 July 1916
Aviator, Writer, Mountaineer, Officer

Sigismund, Holy Roman EmperorSigismund, Holy Roman Emperor
14 February 1368
King of Hungary

Albert KesselringAlbert Kesselring
30 November 1885
German military commander

0337 AD
Ananda MahidolAnanda Mahidol
20 September 1925
Klemens von MetternichKlemens von Metternich
15 May 1773
Diplomat, Politician

Frederick William III of PrussiaFrederick William III of Prussia
03 August 1770
Composer, Politician

Sepp DietrichSepp Dietrich
28 May 1892
Military personnel

Roland FreislerRoland Freisler
30 October 1893
Judge, Politician, Lawyer
Anton DrexlerAnton Drexler
13 June 1884

Helmut SchmidtHelmut Schmidt
23 December 1918
Politician, Economist, Civil servant, Non-fiction

Albertus MagnusAlbertus Magnus
1200 AD

Hjalmar SchachtHjalmar Schacht
22 January 1877
Economist, Banker, Politician

Lina HeydrichLina Heydrich
14 June 1911
Erich RaederErich Raeder
24 April 1876
Navy officer

Helmuth von Moltke the ElderHelmuth von Moltke the Elder
26 October 1800
Writer, Officer, Historian
Michael WittmannMichael Wittmann
22 April 1914

Michel NeyMichel Ney
10 January 1769
Military commander

Wilhelm FrickWilhelm Frick
12 March 1877
Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer
Manfred RommelManfred Rommel
24 December 1928
Writer, Politician, Jurist

Fedor von BockFedor von Bock
03 December 1880
Henry IV, Holy Roman EmperorHenry IV, Holy Roman Emperor
11 November 1050

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

Friedrich EbertFriedrich Ebert
04 February 1871
Politician, President

Frederick William IV of PrussiaFrederick William IV of Prussia
15 October 1795
Walther von BrauchitschWalther von Brauchitsch
04 October 1881
Military personnel

Walter UlbrichtWalter Ulbricht
30 June 1893
Tom DaschleTom Daschle
09 December 1947

Robert LeyRobert Ley
15 February 1890
Ludwig BeckLudwig Beck
29 June 1880
Writer, Military personnel

Gregor StrasserGregor Strasser
31 May 1892
Politician, Pharmacist
Ferdinand SchörnerFerdinand Schörner
12 June 1892