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    DR. KURT GEORG KIESINGER, CHANCELLOR OF THE FEDERAL GERMAN REPUBLIC SINCE 1966, IS EXPECTED TO?

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    DR. KURT GEORG KIESINGER, CHANCELLOR OF THE FEDERAL GERMAN REPUBLIC SINCE 1966, IS EXPECTED TO BE RELEGATED TO THE OPPOSITION BENCHES, WITH HIS CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES, AFTER OCTOBER 21. ON THIS DAY SOCIAL DEMOCRAT LEADER, HERR WILLY BRANDT -- KIESINGER'S FORMER FOREIGN MINISTER IN THE COALITION GOVERNMENT -- WILL GO BEFORE THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY FOR HIS INVESTITURE VOTE AS CHANCELLOR. THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATS, WHO POLLED 42.7 PERCENT IN THE RECENT GENERAL ELECTIONS, HAVE FORMED A COALITION WITH THE SMALLER FREE DEMOCRATS WITH BRANDT AS CHANCELLOR-ELECT. THE
    COALITION WILL HAVE A MAJORITY OF 12 IN THE 472-SEAT BUNDESTAG.

    FOR KIESINGER -- ONCE DESCRIBED BY A BRITISH NEWSPAPER AS "THE CHARMER FROM BONN" -- IT MEANS THE TRANSITION FROM THE LEADER OF HIS COUNTRY TO LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

    KURT GEORG KIESINGER WAS BORN INTO THE SECURE MIDDLE-CLASS SMALL-TOWN WORLD OF SOUTHERN GERMANY 65 YEARS AGO. THIS WORLD OF SECURITY BEGAN TO CRUMBLE DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR AND THE YOUNG KURT WENT HUNGRY FOR MANY YEARS.

    HE ATTENDED TEACHERS TRAINING COLLEGE. HE WAS THE POOREST MAN THERE, ARRIVING ON THE FIRST DAY WEARING HIS FATHER'S CUT DOWN ARMY TUNIC AND CARRYING A LOAF OF BREAD IN A SHOE-BOX.

    DR. KIESINGER LATER STUDIED HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY AND LAW.

    IN 1932 KIESINGER MARRIED MARIE-LUISE SCHNEIDER. A FEW MONTHS LATER HE WITNESSED HITLER'S ARRIVAL IN POWER AND JOINED THE NAZI PARTY. HIS PARTY UNDER NUMBER 2633930. DATE OF ENTRY -- MARCH 1933.

    HE RAPIDLY BECAME DISILLUSIONED WITH THE PARTY, BUT THERE ARE CONFLICTING
    REPORTS OF HIS ACTIVITIES WITHIN ITS STRUCTURE. KIESINGER HAS STATED THAT HE LEFT THE PARTY A YEAR AFTER JOINING.

    SOME CLAIM HIS "REBELLION" MANIFESTED ITSELF AS TALK WITH TRUSTED FRIENDS.

    AT THE OUTBREAK OF WAR KIESINGER JOINED THE RADIO PROPAGANDA OFFICE WHICH
    LIAISED BETWEEN THE FOREIGN MINISTRY AND GOEBBELS' PROPAGANDA MINISTRY.

    AT THE END OF THE WAR HE WAS INTERNED FOR 17 MONTHS BY THE AMERICANS. THEY BROUGHT NO CHARGES AGAINST HIM. KIESINGER QUICKLY REJOINED POLITICAL LIFE IN POST-WAR GERMANY AND IN 1949 WAS ELECTED TO THE FIRST BUNDESTAG.

    HE SOON BECAME A LEADING CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT EXPERT ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS. AS
    CHAIRMAN OF THE BUNDESTAG FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HE WAS CONSIDERED THE LEADING CONTENDER FOR FOREIGN MINISTER. WHEN THIS AMBITION WAS NOT REALISED, KIESINGER RETREATED FROM BONN AND IN 1959 BECAME PREMIER OF THE STATE OF BADEN-WURTTEMBER. UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP THE STATE BECAME KNOWN AS A MODEL STATE.

    LATE IN 1966, DR. KIESINGER GOT HIS CHANCE. ON OCTOBER 27, THE FREE DEMOCRATS WALKED OUT OF THE COALITION GOVERNMENT LEAVING THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS WITH A MINORITY IN THE BUNDESTAG AND THE THEN CHANCELLOR, DR. LUDWIG ERHARD WITH A SHATTERED CAREER. ERHARD RESIGNED. THE GRAND COALITION BETWEEN THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS AND THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATS WAS FORMED AND A VOTE TAKEN ON THE NEW CHANCELLOR. THERE WERE SIX CANDIDATES. AMONG THEM A MAN WHO WAS CONSIDERED BY
    MANY TO BE THE "DARK HORSE" OF THE FIELD -- DR. KURT GEORG KIESINGER.

    DR. KIESINGER WAS VOTED INTO POWER BY THE BUNDESTAG ON DECEMBER 1966. VOTING WAS 340 FOR, 109 AGAINST WITH 23 ABSTENTIONS.

    DURING HIS TERM OF OFFICE, THE SILVERY-HAIRED LAWYER HAS PLAYED HOST TO MOST OF THE WORLDS LEADERS, BEEN ON OUTSPOKEN SUPPORTER OF FRANCO-GERMAN RELATIONS AND LED HIS COUNTRY WITH A KINDLY, BUT FIRM HAND.


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    Film ID:
    VLVABMLAZ7KIGR6UFTSFUGP7CC6OF
    Media URN:
    VLVABMLAZ7KIGR6UFTSFUGP7CC6OF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:06:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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