Helmut Schmidt and Pierre Trudeau

Tribute to Pierre TrudeauBoth men were close friends. Schmidt, who led West Germany from 1974 to 1982, died on November 10 at the age of ninety-seven. At least one obituary in the German press mentioned the visit he paid to Montreal in the spring of 2011 to lay a wreath at the grave of Pierre Trudeau.

Trudeau is buried in St-Remi on the south shore, the traditional family home. Schmidt was on a wheelchair, accompanied by Jean Chrétien and Tom Axworthy, principal secretary of Trudeau.

“There was a lot of respect between the two of them,” Chrétien said. “They were both intellectuals.”

At one point during the visit, the former German chancellor placed his hand over his heart and held it there briefly.

Source: Toronto Star, June 2, 2011


2 responses to “Helmut Schmidt and Pierre Trudeau

  1. The Ecnomist carried an excellent obit of Schmidt a few weeks ago. Like Churchill he was a smoker who lived into his 90s.

  2. Yes, Fred, he was the only member of the human race who was allowed to smoke on German TV. Surely you are not saying that he and Churchill lived long BECAUSE they smoked?