Book launch and discussion
Willy Brandt: Life of a Statesman

Willy Brandt
© Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Goethe-Institut New York

Like his contemporary John F. Kennedy, Willy Brandt represents an iconic figure, the archetype of political modernity. In his role as the first Social Democratic chancellor of West Germany between 1969 and 1974, Brandt was at the forefront of some of Germany's most definitive and controversial decisions. He famously fell to his knees in recognition of the atrocities committed by his countrymen in the Warsaw Ghetto, and received the Nobel Peace Prize for his policy of reconciliation. As the Chair of the “Brandt Commission” (Independent Commission on International Development Issues) in the early 80s, he drew attention to the growing need for a global perspective and international solidarity.

Against this backdrop, the New York offices of the Goethe-Institut and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) are pleased to host a presentation and discussion on Hélène Miard-Delacroix’s newly translated biography Willy Brandt – Life of a Statesman. As Brandt’s message of international solidarity and cooperation remains as timely as ever, this open, public event aims to bring experts from different backgrounds and parts of the world together to delve deeper into observations made in Prof. Miard-Delacroix’s book, and to jointly explore the life and times of one of the leading statesmen of the twentieth century.

While this event will center around Prof. Dr. Miard-Delacroix’s book presentation and subsequent comments made by Prof. Dr. Abraham, a moderated panel discussion and Q&A session will also allow panelists and audience members to engage in a broader discussion on Willy Brandt’s lasting influence on, for example, modern political culture, international solidarity, societal change, youth empowerment, and the rise of civil rights movements.

The discussion will be held in English. Light refreshments will be served after the discussion. We look forward to welcoming you to the launch and debate!

This event is a co-production of the Goethe-Institut New York and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, New York office.


Goethe-Institut New York

30 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003

Language: English
Price: Free admission