Hans Hermann Junge
|Hans Hermann Junge|
11 February 1914|
Preetz, German Empire
|Died||13 August 1944
Dreux, Vichy France
|Buried at||Champigny-Saint-André German war cemetery|
|Years of service||1933–1944|
|Unit||SS Division Leibstandarte; Führerbegleitkommando; SS Division Hitlerjugend|
|Battles/wars||Battle of Normandy †|
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. He was married to Traudl Junge, Hitler's last private secretary. He was killed in combat during World War II in August 1944.
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. 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. 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.
|“||... He was one of the few people to realise that in the long run, Hitler's ideas would have such an effect on you that in the end you would not know what you had thought of yourself, and what was due to outside influence. Junge wanted his sense of objectivity back. He had applied several times to go to the front, which was the only way he could give up his job with Hitler. ...||”|
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." Traudl confirmed this and further stated that Hitler asked her to stay on as his secretary. He promised to "look after" Traudl now that she was a widow.
- 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.
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