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 that Helmut Schmidt set benchmarks. With an impact that went far beyond his political work, he was unequalled in his influence on political discourse as a commentator on current affairs and as a progressive thinker.
Accordingly one aim of the foundation is to honour Helmut Schmidt’s historic achievements. It also addresses issues with which Helmut Schmidt grappled throughout his life and which have lost none of their relevance.
The foundation has set itself the goal of countering the threat of division in society. At the heart of its work are three questions:
The foundation was established in 2017 by the German Bundestag as one of six non-partisan foundations commemorating politicians. It is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.