Genscher: The Man Who Shares the Glory

They have little in common, and often they don't seem to like each other much. But Helmut Kohl and his Foreign Minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, have depended on one another for the success of their unification dream. If Kohl played the hearty salesman for German unity, Genscher was the quiet strategist. For years the elf-faced minister has been arguing that Mikhail Gorbachev truly wants peace and that the West should seize this moment to end the division of Europe.

Genscher's roots help explain his passion for unification. Born in Halle in 1927, Genscher was drafted into Hitler's military at age 15 and...

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