Hans-Dietrich Genscher died Friday, April 1, at the age of 89. The cause of death was cardiovascular failure, according to Spiegel.
Hans-Dietrich Genscher was born on March 21, 1927. With the rank of corporal and participated in the battle for Berlin. Taken prisoner first by the Americans then to the British. After the war he graduated from high school, then studied at Halle-Wittenberg and Leipzig universities. Worked as a lawyer in court in Galle, situated on the territory of Eastern Germany.
In August 1952, Genscher through West Berlin went to Germany, where he worked as a lawyer. In joined the Free democratic party (FDP), where he held various positions. From 1974 to 1985 was Chairman of the FDP.
After the elections to the Bundestag in 1969 Genscher was appointed Minister of internal Affairs of Germany. 1974 became Minister of foreign Affairs and Vice-Chancellor. Played a major role in the preparation of the unification of Germany. In may 1992, Hans-Dietrich Genscher resigned from the post of Minister of the Federal government.