Adenauer, Konrad - from Germany
ID: 243315 Letztes Update: Sunday, 26 January 2020 14:52
Land des Treffens: Europa im Jahr 1958
First Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) from 1949 to 1963.
In 1950, a major controversy broke out when it emerged that Adenauer's State Secretary Hans Globke had played a major role in drafting anti-semitic laws in Nazi Germany. Adenauer kept Globke on as State Secretary as part of his strategy of integration. Starting in August 1950, Adenauer began to pressure the Western Allies to free all of the war criminals in their custody, especially those from the Wehrmacht, whose continued imprisonment he claimed made West German rearmament impossible. Adenauer had been opposed to the Nuremberg Trials in 1945–46, and after becoming Chancellor, he demanded the release of the so-called Spandau Seven, as the seven war criminals convicted at Nuremberg and imprisoned at Spandau Prison were known.
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