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Helmut Schmidt
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Chancellor of Germany
(West Germany)
In office
16 May 1974 – 1 October 1982
President Gustav Heinemann
Walter Scheel
Karl Carstens
Vice Chancellor Hans-Dietrich Genscher
Egon Franke
Preceded by Willy Brandt
Succeeded by Helmut Kohl
Federal Minister of Finance
(West Germany)
In office
7 July 1972 – 16 May 1974
Chancellor Willy Brandt
Preceded by Karl Schiller
Succeeded by Hans Apel
Federal Minister for Economics
(West Germany)
In office
7 July 1972 – 15 December 1972
Chancellor Willy Brandt
Preceded by Karl Schiller
Succeeded by Hans Friderichs
Federal Minister of Defence
(West Germany)
In office
22 October 1969 – 7 July 1972
Chancellor Willy Brandt
Preceded by Gerhard Schröder
Succeeded by Georg Leber
Leader of the SPD Group in the Bundestag
(West Germany)
In office
14 March 1967 – 22 October 1969
Deputy Egon Franke
Martin Hirsch
Ernst Schellenberg
Preceded by Fritz Erler
Succeeded by Herbert Wehner
Member of the Bundestag
for Hamburg-Bergedorf
In office
20 October 1969 – 18 February 1987
Preceded by Nikolaus Jürgensen
Succeeded by Rolf Niese
Member of the Bundestag
for Hamburg
In office
19 October 1965 – 19 October 1969
Constituency Party list
In office
6 October 1953 – 6 October 1957
Constituency Party list
Member of the Bundestag
for Hamburg-Nord II
In office
15 October 1957 – 17 October 1965
Preceded by Willy Max Rademacher
Succeeded by Rolf Meinecke
Senator of the Interior of Hamburg
In office
13 December 1961 – 14 December 1965
First Mayor Paul Nevermann
Herbert Weichmann
Preceded by Wilhelm Kröger
Succeeded by Heinz Ruhau
Personal details
Born
Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt

(1918-12-23)23 December 1918
Hamburg, Weimar Republic
Died 10 November 2015(2015-11-10) (aged 96)
Hamburg, Germany
Resting place Ohlsdorf Cemetery
Political party Social Democratic Party
Spouse(s)
Loki Glaser
(m. 1942; died 2010)
Domestic partner Ruth Loah (2012–2015)
Children 2
Alma mater University of Hamburg
Signature
Military career
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag of the Nazi Germany Air Force Nazi Germany Air Force
Years of service 1937–1945
Rank Oberleutnant (d.R.)
Unit 1st Panzer Division
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Iron Cross 2nd Class

Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt (23 December 1918 – 10 November 2015) was a German politician. He was Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1974 to 1982.

Helmut Schmidt was born in Hamburg in 1918. He finished school in 1937 with the Abitur. Afterwards he had to join the working service and later the army. At the end of World War II, he was a First Lieutenant. He became a prisoner of war in 1945.

After he was set free, he started to study macro economy. He finished his studies in 1949. Then he started to work for the administration of Hamburg.

Schmidt joined into the Social Democratic Party of Germany in 1949. In 1953, he became a member of the Bundestag first time. From 1961 to 1965, he was Senator in the state government of Hamburg.

From 1969 to 1972, he was Minister of Defence of West Germany. From 1972 to 1974 he was Minister of Finance.

After Willy Brandt gave up his job as Bundeskanzler, Helmut Schmidt was elected as new chancellor.

In July 2013, it was discovered that Schmidt bought 38,000 cigarettes due to a fear of them being banned in Europe.

Schmidt died in Hamburg on 10 November 2015 from complications of surgery he had to cure a blood clot in his left left. He was 96 years old.

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