Adenauer and the CDU: The Rise of the Leader and the by Arnold J. Heidenheimer

By Arnold J. Heidenheimer

This is a examine within the reestablishment of de­ mocratic celebration politics in divided and occupied Germany after the downfall of the nationwide Socialist tyranny. Its topic is the expansion of the Christian Democratic Union and the increase to energy of its chief, Konrad Adenauer. heavily linked to the good fortune of the German Federal Republic in attaining prosperity, political and army energy and the prestige of an best friend of the Western powers, the CDU has but been the topic of largely various reviews. just like the regime with which it's linked, it suffers from the truth that for plenty of observers admiration for a few German post-war achievements is blended with residual mistrust and skepticism. additionally, knowing of the CDU has been handicapped by means of pressured photographs of the forces it represents, lack of know-how approximately its inner association, and the overpowering place which its chief has completed lately. To observers either in Germany and in a foreign country the dominant Chancellor and occasion chief seems to be to overshadow either social gathering and govt with the end result that the 1950'S, the very important interval of German reconstruction, has already been labelled the Adenauer Decade.

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See Eugen Gerstenmaier's speech at the 1956 party convention, 6. Bundesparteitag der CDU, (Bonn, 1956) p. 31, and Ernst Deuerlein, CDU/CSU I945-I95I: Beitrage zur Zeitgesckickte, Cologne: Bachem, 1957) p. 42. At times members of the Berlin group have publicly protested at the secondary role assigned to the Berlin founding. See Ferdinand Friedensburg's remarks at the 1954 convention; 5. Bundesparteitag der CDU (Bonn, 1954) p. 58. PARTY FORMATION (1945-6) 37 of the Gennan delegation to the Genoa Conference of I922 (from which Rathenau had returned with the Rapallo treaty), the leader of the Catholic fann groups and, latterly, an active member of the anti-Hitler Resistance.

58. PARTY FORMATION (1945-6) 37 of the Gennan delegation to the Genoa Conference of I922 (from which Rathenau had returned with the Rapallo treaty), the leader of the Catholic fann groups and, latterly, an active member of the anti-Hitler Resistance. He had been under death sentence in a Gestapo jail when the Russians reached Berlin. Serving with him as vice-chainnen of the new party were two Protestant Liberals and a Catholic trade unionist: Walther Schreiber, a fonner DDP Prussian state minister; Jakob Kaiser, fonner secretary-general of the Christian trade unions; and Ernst Lemmer, fonner secretary of the Liberal trade unions.

Hence the hesitancy of Protestant theologians and church-bound laymen to sign the party proclamation; hence also the suspicion with which the new grouping was met by other political parties. , p. 68. PARTY FORMATION (1945-6) 45 tendency. Admittedly in Berlin the various doors to party offices were under Soviet surveillance. However the party was not much more specific in other areas of west and north Germany, such as Hamburg and other cities in the British zone, where this tendency might also be said to have been dominant.

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