Hans Hermann Junge

Hans Hermann Junge (11 February 1914 – 13 August 1944)[Note 1] born in Preetz / Holstein was a German SS officer who served as aide-de-camp and valet to Adolf Hitler.[1] He was married to Traudl Junge, Hitler's last private secretary. He was killed in combat during the latter stages of the Battle of Normandy in August 1944 and is buried in Champigny-Saint-André German war cemetery.

Hans Hermann Junge
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Born(1914-02-11)11 February 1914
Preetz, German Empire
Died13 August 1944(1944-08-13) (aged 30)
Dreux, Vichy France
Buried
Allegiance Germany
Service/branch Waffen-SS
Years of service1933–1944
RankObersturmführer
UnitSS Division Leibstandarte; Führerbegleitkommando; SS Division Hitlerjugend
Battles/warsBattle of Normandy 
Spouse(s)
Traudl Junge (m. 1943)

CareerEdit

Junge was born in Preetz in Schleswig-Holstein Province in February 1914. He joined the Schutzstaffel (SS) and in 1934 volunteered for the 1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. On 1 July 1936 he became a member of the Führerbegleitkommando which provided security protection for Hitler.[2] In 1940 Junge became a valet and orderly to Hitler and met Traudl Humps, who was Hitler's last private secretary. Junge was considered Hitler's second valet after Heinz Linge.[3] Junge worked as a valet in the Reich Chancellery in Berlin and at Hitler's residence near Berchtesgaden. According to Traudl, although they were called valets, the two men were really managers of Hitler's household. They accompanied him wherever he went and were in charge of Hitler's daily routine; including awaking him, providing newspapers and messages, determining the daily menu/meals and wardrobe. Linge and Junge would trade shifts every two days.[4]

At Hitler's encouragement, Junge and Humps were married on 19 June 1943. On 14 July 1943, he joined the Waffen-SS.[2] About Junge's going to the front, his wife Traudl wrote in her memoirs:[5]

The following year he died in combat as an SS-Obersturmführer (first lieutenant) in a low flying aircraft attack in Dreux, France. According to Lehmann and Carroll, "Hitler had liked Hans Junge and was so upset by his death that he broke the news to Traudl Junge personally."[1] Traudl stated that Hitler asked her to stay on as his secretary. He promised to "look after" Traudl now that she was a widow.[6]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Some sources give date of death as 18 August 1944. Junge, Traudl (2002). Until the Final Hour, London, Notes section #10. ISBN 0-297-84720-1.

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ a b Lehmann & Carroll 2005.
  2. ^ a b Hoffmann 2000, p. 56.
  3. ^ Hamilton 1984, p. 155.
  4. ^ Galante & Silianoff 1989, p. 39.
  5. ^ Junge, Traudl (2002). Until the Final Hour, London. ISBN 0-297-84720-1.
  6. ^ Galante & Silianoff 1989, pp. 124–125.

BibliographyEdit

  • Galante, Pierre; Silianoff, Eugene (1989). Voices From the Bunker. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. ISBN 978-0-3991-3404-3.
  • Hamilton, Charles (1984). Leaders & Personalities of the Third Reich, Vol. 1. R. James Bender Publishing. ISBN 0-912138-27-0.
  • Hoffmann, Peter (2000) [1979]. Hitler's Personal Security: Protecting the Führer 1921–1945. New York: Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0-30680-947-7.
  • Lehmann, Armin Dieter; Carroll, Tim (2005). In Hitler's Bunker: A Boy Soldier's Eyewitness Account of the Fuhrer's Last Days. Globe Pequot. ISBN 978-1-59228-578-5.