Hans-Dietrich Genscher

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Hans-Dietrich Genscher
Hans-Dietrich Genscher, 1978
Vice-Chancellor of Germany
In office
1 October 1982 – 17 May 1992
Preceded by Egon Franke
Succeeded by Jürgen Möllemann
In office
17 May 1974 – 17 September 1982
Preceded by Walter Scheel
Succeeded by Egon Franke
Foreign Minister of Germany
In office
1 October 1982 – 17 May 1992
Preceded by Helmut Schmidt (acting)
Succeeded by Klaus Kinkel
In office
17 May 1974 – 17 September 1982
Preceded by Walter Scheel
Succeeded by Helmut Schmidt (acting)
Minister of the Interior of Germany
In office
22 October 1969 – 16 May 1974
Preceded by Ernst Benda
Succeeded by Werner Maihofer
Personal details
Born 21 March 1927 (1927-03-21) (age 87)
Reideburg, Germany
Political party Free Democratic Party of Germany (1952–present)
Other political
affiliations
Nazi Party (1945)

Liberal Democratic Party of Germany (GDR) (1946–52)

Spouse(s) Barbara Schmidt Genscher
Occupation Politician

Hans-Dietrich Genscher (born 21 March 1927) is a German politician. He was born at Reideburg, near Halle.

Genscher served in World War II from 1943 to 1945. He joined the Nazi Party at the age of 18. After the war, he studied economics and law in Halle and Leipzig. He joined the East German Liberal Democratic Party (LDPD) in 1946.

In 1952, Genscher fled to West Germany. There he joined the Free Democratic Party (FDP). He passed his second state examination in law in Hamburg in 1954. After that, he became a solicitor in Bremen. In 1965, Genscher was elected to the Bundestag, the West German parliament for the first time. From 1969 to 1974, he was Federal Minister of the Interior under Chancellor Willy Brandt.

Genscher was Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of Germany from 1974 to 1982 under Helmut Schmidt. Two weeks later, he began to serve in the same positions under Helmut Kohl. He served the second time from 1982 to 1992. He was Germany's longest serving Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor.

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