Last week sovereign West Germany got its first full-time Foreign Minister: Heinrich von Brentano.
Born: June 20, 1904, at Offenbach am Main, near Frankfurt.
Family: Of Milanese origin, the Brentano di Tremezzo banking and merchant family moved into Germany in the 18th century, where they established deep cultural ties. Famed 19th century Brentanos: Bettina. friend of Goethe; Poet Clemens (The Lorelei}; Philosopher Franz; Economist Lujo; democratic Revolutionary Lorenz. Otto von Brentano. the new Minister's father, was a lawyer and statesman of the Weimar Republic; brother Clemens is now German Ambassador to Italy; onetime fellow-traveling Novelist Bernard von Brentano is another brother.
Education: At Darmstadt...