Alternative History

Helmut Kohl

Chancellor of Germany
In office
October 1,1982 – October 27,2002
  • Karl Carstens
  • Richard von Weizsäcker
  • Roman Herzog
  • Hans-Dietrich Genscher
  • Jürgen Möllemann
  • Edmund Stoiber
Preceded byHelmut Schmidt
Succeeded byJohannes Rau
Leader of the CDU
In office
June 12,1973 – November 1, 2002
Preceded byRainer Barzel
Succeeded byEdmund Stoiber
Bundestag Leader of the CDU/CSU Group
In office
December 13, 1976 – October 4, 1982
First DeputyFriedrich Zimmermann
Preceded byKarl Carstens
Succeeded byAlfred Dregger
Member of the Bundestag
for Rhineland-Palatinate
In office
December 16, 1976 – October 27,2002
Preceded byManfred Reimann
Succeeded byDoris Barnett
Minister President of Rhineland-Palatinate
In office
May 19, 1969 – December 2, 1976
Preceded byPeter Altmeier
Succeeded byBernhard Vogel
Personal details
Born Helmut Josef Michael Kohl
3 April 1930(1930-04-03)
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Died 26 July 2020(2020-07-26) (aged 90)
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Resting place Cathedral Chapter Cemetery, Speyer
Political party CDU
Spouse(s) Hannelore Kohl (m. 1960; d. 2020)
Children 2
Alma mater Heidelberg University

Helmut Josef Michael Kohl (April 3,1930 – July 26, 2020) was a German politician, Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 2002. He was a Catholic and a Christian Democrat. Kohl's 20-year term is the longest of any German chancellor since Otto von Bismarck, and he oversaw the end of the Cold War, German reunification and the creation of the European Union.