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: 23.11.2020
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 (born in 1953) studied marketing, political science and history at the FU Berlin, before starting his training at dpa. He reported on news from West and East Berlin for dpa, and then spent ten years as a national political correspondent in Bonn. Between 1997 and 2001, he worked in Washington as a US correspondent for the agency, and then became a political correspondent for the Berliner Zeitung. In 2007, he took over the direction of the federal bureau. He changed positions in 2010, becoming the chief correspondent for the DuMont editorial team. From July 2012 to December 2015, he coordinated the political news coverage for the capital city editorial staff as departmental director. Since January 2016, he has been working as a full-time author.