Konrad Adenauer was born in 1867 in Köln (Cologne). At the University of Freiburg he studied law. After a few years as a lawyer in Köln, Adenauer was elected mayor from 1917 to 1922. As a strong opponent of the Nazi Party he was imprisoned in 1934. He was eventually released but the Gestapo arrested him in September 1944 after being accused of involvement with the July Plot (a conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler). After the war he resumed his position of mayor at the age of sixty nine but was quickly removed by the British who deemed him too inefficient. In the meantime he helped co found the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Four years later he became the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic, a position he help for the next 14 years. He led the rebuilding of West Germany and helped turn it into an economic powerhouse. West German was allowed to rearm and to join NATO thanks to Adenauers leadership. He worked to reconcile with the allied powers, mainly France and the United States.
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Konrad Adenauer Foundation: A foundation related to the Christian Democratic Movement that Adenauer co-founded (CDU), they are guided by the same principals that he was guided by. The foundation has an annual budget of 100 Million Euro which is ued for political education, research for political /history projects, schollarships, grants, etc. The foundation is focused on European unification and international understanding. There are 60 foreign offices and about 200 projects in 120 countries.
Oral History Interview with Konrad Adenauer: Transcript of an interview with Adenauer in 1964 conducted for the Harry S. Truman Library. The interview was done in English and conducted by Philip C. Brooks.
TIME: 1953 Person of the Year: Adenauer speaks about his position as chancellor and why it is so important to reconcile and create a unified European union. He touches on how Germany is once again a world power. The article covers Germany reconstruction and involvement in world affairs post WWII.
Konrad Adenauer Research Award for Canadian Scholars:
This award was created to promote academic collaboration between Canada and the Federal Republic of Germany. It’s available to a Canadian scholar in the humanities or social sciences. The Award is presented to honor lifetime academic achievement and the recipient is invited to carry out a research project of his/her choice in Germany, in cooperation with German colleagues, for a period of up to one year. The Award can amount up to EUR 75,000.
For more information and nomination forms…