Willy Brandt (18 December 1913 – 8 October 1992), born Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm, was Chancellor of Germany from 22 October 1969 to 16 May 1974. His term of office was marked by numerous social policy reforms. In 1970, Brandt unexpectedly kneeled before the memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising immediately before signing the Treaty of Warsaw between Poland and the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1971, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to reconcile with the Eastern Bloc states. He resigned from office after his aide Günter Guillaume turned out to be a spy for the East German secret service. Furthermore, Brandt was leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany from 1964 to 1987 and president of the Socialist International from 1976 to 1992.
- Auch wenn zwei Staaten in Deutschland existieren, sind sie doch füreinander nicht Ausland; ihre Beziehungen zueinander können nur von besonderer Art sein.
- Even though two states in Germany exist, they are not foreign countries to each other—their relations with each other can only be of a special kind.
- government policy statement on 28 October 1969, p. 2, bwbs.de (PDF file)
- Wir sind keine Erwählten, wir sind Gewählte. Deshalb suchen wir das Gespräch mit allen, die sich um diese Demokratie bemühen.
- We are not chosen by God, but by the voters—therefore we seek dialogue with all those who put effort into this democracy.
- government policy statement on 28 October 1969, p. 19, bwbs.de (PDF file)
- Wir wollen mehr Demokratie wagen.
- We want to take a chance on more democracy.
- government policy statement on 28 October 1969, p. 1, bwbs.de (PDF file)
- Die Zukunft wird nicht gemeistert von denen, die am Vergangenen kleben.
- Those who adhere to the past won't be able to cope with the future.
- speech at the extraordinary convention of the Social Democratic Party of Germany on 18 November 1971, book source: "Reden und Interviews: Herbst 1971 bis Frühjahr 1973", Hoffmann und Campe, 1973, p. 25
- [...] ich habe es noch in diesem Sommer erneut zu Papier gebracht: Berlin wird leben, und die Mauer wird fallen.
- I put it down on paper again in the summer of this year: ‘Berlin will live, and the Wall will fall.’
- speech at the Rathaus Schöneberg in Berlin on 10 November 1989, hdg.de/lemo