Die Kanzler und ihre Familien

Holger Schmale, Jochen Arntz

Die Kanzler und ihre Familien

Wie das Privatleben die deutsche Politik prägt

272 pages

First day of sale: 19.01.2018
ISBN 978-3-8321-9851-0

JOCHEN ARNTZ/ HOLGER SCHMALE
DIE KANZLER UND IHRE FAMILIEN. WIE DAS PRIVATLEBEN DIE DEUTSCHE POLITIK PRÄGT/ THE CHANCELLORS AND THEIR FAMILIES. HOW PRIVATE LIVES SHAPE GERMAN POLITICS

Non-Fiction, Politics, 272 pp.
Spring 2017

“A fascinating panorama of our society.“
Christoph Bungartz, NDR KULTURJOURNAL

BECAUSE PRIVACY IS POLITICAL!

Konrad Adenauer had eight children. Hardly anyone remembers that these days, because back then it was taken for granted. In the 1970s and 1980s, Helmut Kohl strove to provide an example to Germans of the ideal small, intact family unit. Gerhard Schröder brought the blended family to the Chancellor’s office. And Angela Merkel? She has no children, having chosen instead to concentrate on her job - just like many other Germans.

You can frame the historical narrative in brief this way, the history of Germany’s chancellor families and of Germans themselves. The way our society has changed is also reflected in the people who have governed this country. And their families. Their conceptualizations of the family have, in return, shaped Germany. For example, under the conservative Catholic Konrad Adenauer, there was practically no family policy. During his office, Helmut Kohl repeatedly tried to derail attempts to reform the divorce laws. Security and economics dominated ex-soldier Helmut Schmidt’s policies. And the multi-divorced Gerhard Schröder was unprecedented in the progress he made toward furthering gender equality.

Using the history of the chancellor families and their backgrounds, Holger Schmale and Jochen Arntz have crafted a panorama of this nation. After all, privacy is political!

Holger Schmale

HOLGER SCHMALE, 1953 in Hamburg geboren, ist Autor der DuMont Hauptstadtredaktion. Er arbeitete ab 1979 als dpa-Korrespondent in West- und Ost-Berlin, Bonn und Washington. Seit 2001 war er politischer Korrespondent und Leiter des Bundesbüros der Berliner Zeitung, ab 2010 Chefkorrespondent der DuMont Hauptstadtredaktion.