THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
The following is the text of the citation for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which the President will present to Helmut Kohl:
As a teenager at the close of World War II, Helmut Kohl walked home across his devastated nation, unaware that he would one day lead a Germany that was prosperous, united, and free. Chancellor for an extraordinary 16 years, he championed reunification of his country and brought healing to a divided land. A true world statesman, he promoted peace and democracy across the globe and advanced European unity, never losing faith in his vision of Germany as a strong economic partner among a continent of equals. Through his singular courage and foresight, Helmut Kohl has won America's respect and gratitude.
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