Berndt von Staden

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Berndt von Staden (1973).

Berndt Robert Alexander Michael von Staden (born 24 June 1919 Rostock) was a German diplomat, and was West German Ambassador to the United States from 1973 to 1979.[1]


He grew up as a Baltic German in Tallinn, Estonia. He studyied law in Bonn and Hamburg. In 1951, he joined the Foreign Office.

He was head of the Consular Section of the West German Embassy in Brussels, from 1953 to 1955. In 1958, he was posted to the Commission of the European Economic Community. In 1961, he married Wendelgard, Freiin von Neurath (born 1926). In 1963, he was Counsellor at the West German Embassy in Washington. Then he was Head of Political Department of the Foreign Office in Bonn.

In his memoir, he describes the beginning of the turn from confrontation to détente, which he observed as ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in Washington, D.C.. In the governments of Willy Brandt and Helmut Schmidt, he was as Head of Foreign Relations and Security in the Federal Chancellery in shaping the policy of détente.

In 1970, he met with Étienne Davignon.[2] He was awarded the 1979 Trainor Award.[3]


  • Zwischen Eiszeit und Tauwetter, Diplomatie in einer Epoche des Umbruchs. Erinnerungen, wjs, Berlin 2005, ISBN 978-3-937989-05-1
  • Erinnerungen aus der Vorzeit: Eine Jugend im Baltikum 1919–1939, Siedler, Berlin 1999, ISBN 3-88680-670-7
  • Ende und Anfang, Erinnerungen 1939–1963, iPa, Vaihingen/Enz 2001, ISBN 3-933486-28-9


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