Photographer's Note

A Striking Head

This is Adenauer monument in Bonn. Konrad Adenauer (1876 -- 1967) from 1949 to 1963 was the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany - and he was a real personality. This monument is situated in front of Palais Schaumburg, the former seat of the Chancellor. Besides the unmistakable facial features of Adenauer the sculpture on the rear side also shows some of the events in the life of this statesman.

Although his political career spanned sixty years, beginning as early as 1906, he is most noted for his role as the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and chairman of the Christian Democratic Union from 1950 to 1966. He was the oldest Chancellor ever to serve Germany, beginning his first ministry at the age of 73 and leaving at the age of 87. His 14-year tenure was the second-longest for a German Chancellor (behind Otto von Bismarck) until Helmut Kohl passed him in 1996 with 16 years of chancellorship.
From 1917 to 1933 Adenauer was the mayor of Cologne and from 1922 to 1933 president of the Prussian State Council.

In workshop you can see this monument from another angle and its situation in front of the former chancellor's office.

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