Ernst Reuter's speech in front of the Reichstag building on September 9, 1948. Photo: Alois Bankhardt. LAB, F Rep. 290, Nr. 0160921.

Ernst Reuter - A Riven Life

To a large extent Ernst Reuter's life was marked by the great turmoil and caesuras of the 20th century. His biography is German history from the German Empire to the early German Federal Republic seen under a magnifying glass. The individual segments of his life were often contradictory. Some historians, therefore, speak of a "riven life".