Tour of the private house
Take a look at the home of Helmut and Loki Schmidt in Langenhorn, Hamburg. Included in the virtual tour are the former chancellor’s study, the gallery, the grand piano and the living room where the statesman sat with such figures as…
The Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Foundation is managed by a board of trustees. It is made up of six members plus six deputies appointed for five years by the Federal President. These representatives of politics and wider society were associated with Helmut Schmidt in various ways…
Overview of the life of a statesman.
Helmut Schmidt born 23 December 1918 in Hamburg.
School leaving examination at Lichtwarkschule Hamburg Enlistment in Reich Labour Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst) Called up for two years of military service
About us – What does the foundation do?
The Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Foundation commemorates one of the most important 20th century German statesmen. It was not just in his role as Senator (minister) for Home Affairs in Hamburg or as the fifth Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany…
The German Bundestag established the Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Foundation by act of parliament on 1 January 2017. Its constitution regulates the foundation’s purpose and its bodies.
You can download the German text of the constitution and the act of parliament below:
Global markets and social justice
What reconciles people and markets?
For Helmut Schmidt the welfare state was one of Europe’s most important cultural achievements in the 20th century. The 2007-2008 financial crisis shifted the global economic and political balance of power and has led many…
Open society in crisis
Communicating political common sense: How can we confront populism?
Informed, balanced and reasonable debate was one of Helmut Schmidt’s trademarks. His approach to policy making was through debate, argument and even dispute in an open and free society.
The European consensus
The European paradox: What (still) holds Europe together?
Throughout his political career Helmut Schmidt was an advocate of the idea of a united Europe. But today European unity is under threat from many sides, both in theory and in practice. And yet for the large…
A place for research
When Helmut Schmidt died in 2015, the statesman’s archives held 2,800 files, an extensive collection of dossiers, and 25,000 books and photograph albums. The papers relating to the life and work of this exceptional 20th century figure have been made available for academic…
Politician, commentator and pioneer
Helmut Schmidt was one of the most important 20th-century German statesmen. As a politician, political author and pioneer, he has had a lasting influence on German and international politics.
Born in Hamburg in 1918, Helmut Schmidt was an SPD member of the…