Germany is mourning the loss of the iconic Helmut Schmidt, who served as German Chancellor from 1974 to 1982. He passed away Tuesday, Novemb er 10, 2015, in Hamburg at the age of 96.
Enlarge imaHelmut Schmidt was known as the Chancellor during times of crisis but also for leadership that laid the groundwork for the eventual unification of Germany.
A member of the Bundestag, one-time party chairman of the Social Democrats, and Federal Minister of Defense, Economics and Finance under Willy Brandt, Schmidt was known for his eloquence and ready wit. He was an engaging speaker as a politician and later as co-publisher of Die Zeit and as a private citizen on the lecture circuit. Regardless of party affiliations, people seemed to esteem Schmidt and respect his opinions as former Chancellor.