Secretary James A. Baker, III, released a statement on the passing of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, architect of Germany’s reunification after the end of the Cold War:
“Germany has lost one of its greatest leaders, the United States has lost one of its best friends, and the world has lost a ringing voice for freedom. More than anyone at the end of the Cold War, Chancellor Helmut Kohl was the architect of the reunification of Germany, a historic event that brought freedom to millions and has helped make Europe safer and more prosperous. Together with his close personal friend, president George H.W. Bush, they convinced the world to put East and West Germany back together as a member of NATO almost a half century after the division of Europe following World War II. The world can be extremely grateful that this visionary leader and great man has walked among us.”
Secretary Baker with Chancellor Kohl at the Baker Institute in 2003.
Chancellor Kohl and Secretary Baker are pictured next to a section of the Berlin Wall that stands on the southeast corner of Baker Hall.