Original Title: Die Frau an seiner Seite
Hardcover with jacket,
13.5 x 21.5 cm,
5.3 x 8.5 Inches
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Publishing House: Heyne
Date of publication:
June 13, 2011
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The woman in the shadow of the former German chancellor Helmut Kohl
What was Hannelore Kohl hiding behind her stony smile? What was her light allergy all about? Ten years after her tragic death, Heribert Schwan discloses how Hannelore Kohl lived and how she died. He was in close contact with Hannelore Kohl up to two days before her death and has spoken to her closest friends and family.
Hannelore Kohl's marriage was one with traditional role patterns: he made a career and she looked after the children. But his life demanded more from her than that – it meant a life in the limelight. It was only hesitantly that she came to accept it, and the more influential her husband grew on the political stage, the more her smile became a mask. Heribert Schwan was the first to persuade Hannelore Kohl to allow a television portrait in 1985, which caused quite a stir. After that he was in regular contact with her. He saw from close-up the whole drama of her ill health. When in the final stages she could no longer leave the house during the day, he would go with her on long walks through the woods at night. Using his wealth of inside knowledge, he has drawn a sensitive and at the same time shattering portrait of a lonely woman.
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