WEST GERMANY: Brandt's Breakup

Scandal for a tarnished hero

For nearly two decades, the jutting jaw and ruggedly handsome features of Willy Brandt symbolized West Germany's rebirth from the ashes of the Third Reich. As the embattled mayor of West Berlin from 1957 to 1966. Brandt helped guide his divided city safely past a series of crises provoked by the Communist East. Later, as Chancellor of West Germany, he boldly initiated Ostpolitik, which eased tensions with the East and earned him the Nobel Peace Prize. Most memorable for Europeans was his 1970 pilgrimage to the Warsaw ghetto memorial, where he dropped to his knees in...

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