By Ronald Irving
Anti-nazi, anti-communist, and catholic, Konrad Adenauer dragged defeated Germany from post-war destruction to prosperity in a single generation.
- Concise portrait of a rare statesman - explores Adenauer's own impression in rules pursued.
- German Federal Republic used to be West eu lynchpin in the course of chilly warfare - this publication explains why and the way.
- Adenauer's achievements survive at the present time - ecu Union, German democracy.
Ronald Irving is on the collage of Edinburgh.
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However, Gussie subsequently gave birth to four healthy children – Paul born in 1923; Lotte in 1925; Libeth in 1928; and Georg in 1931. The marriage worked well for a variety of reasons. The fact that the two families lived next door to each other proved to be an advantage, as Adenauer’s children (from his first marriage) knew the Zinsser girls – Gussie and her sister Lotte had helped to look after the young Adenauers after the death of their mother. 11 In spite of such minor problems the Zinssers and Adenauers got on well, as did the seven Adenauer children from the two marriages.
The year 1906 was an important one for Adenauer. His father died at the age of seventy-three; his first son was born (and named Johann Konrad after his grandfather); and, most important of all, Adenauer was elected one of Cologne’s twelve Deputy Mayors. This career change seems to have come about almost by chance, because one of the Deputy Mayors retired unexpectedly. Adenauer applied for this administrative job, and with the support of his former boss, Hermann Kausen, chairman of the Cologne Centre Party, and with the approval of the Mayor, Wilhelm Becker, the City Council elected Adenauer a Deputy Mayor in January 1906.
Only men could vote, and until 1918 fewer than one quarter of the male citizens were enfranchised. The Council then elected – though not from its own membership – the executive Mayor, who was formally appointed by the King of Prussia. The Council consisted of Liberals, Centrists and Independents until the First World War, but it was a relatively non-political – or at least non-interventionist – body, which tended to leave the governance of the city to the Mayor. In practice he had wide jurisdiction over building, housing, health, education, welfare, culture, libraries, markets, bridges and the harbour.