Helmut Kohl was born on 3 April 1930 into a conservative, Catholic family. Helmut Kohl (CDU) was Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany for 16 years. Many people remember him as the “Chancellor of Unity” because it was during his term in office that West and East Germany were reunified. June 16, 2017 - Kohl dies at the age of 87. Helmut Josef Michael Kohl biography and profile.