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Adenauer 'the best German' - poll.

Dec. 5, 2003 at 3:29 PM   |   Comments

BERLIN, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of West Germany after 1945, has been chosen as "Germany's Best" in a nationwide television competition.

More than one adult in 10 voted in the contest, that saw the Christian Democrat and staunch Catholic Adenauer placed ahead of Martin Luther, who founded the Protestant church in the 16th century, and Karl Marx, who founded communism.

Hitler resistance fighters Sophie and Hans Scholl came in fourth, followed by former Chancellor Willy Brandt, composer Johann Sebastian Bach, author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the inventor of moveable type for printing Johannes Gutenberg and Otto von Bismarck, the man who unified Germany in the late 19th century.

Scientist Albert Einstein, who fled Hitler to exile in the United States, came in 10th. Current Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder was 82nd.

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