Sigismund von Braun

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Sigismund Freiherr von Braun receives the Turkish President Celal Bayar in 1958 during a state visit.

Sigismund Freiherr von Braun (14 April 1911 – 13 July 1998) was a German diplomat and Secretary of State in the Foreign Office (1970-1972).

Life[edit]

Sigismund von Braun was born in Berlin in 1911, the eldest son of the East Prussian landowner and later Reich Food Minister Magnus von Braun (senior). His brothers were rocket scientists Wernher von Braun and Magnus von Braun, and he was the father of politician Carola von Braun and cultural theorist Christina von Braun.[1]

After an apprenticeship in 1934, he studied law with a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service for a year at the University of Cincinnati in the United States of America, and followed this with a trip around the world (Japan, China, Malaya, India, etc.). In 1936, he joined as an attaché in the German Foreign Service. Until April 1937, he was the personal assistant of the German ambassador in Paris, but in September due to a dispute with Baldur von Schirach he was reassigned to Addis Ababa. On 1 October 1939 he joined the Nazi party. In 1943 he became Legation Secretary of the Embassy to the Holy See in Rome, where he remained until 1946.[2] The date and details of his denazification are unknown. After internment in Germany, he occasionally worked in the private sector, first as an assistant at several Nuremberg trials, then to the Wilhelmstrasse trial against Ernst von Weizsäcker, and finally as an employee of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.[3] In 1954 he entered the diplomatic service of the Federal Republic of Germany, and held positions such as Chief of Protocol of the Foreign Office from 1962 to 1968, Permanent Representative at the United Nations in New York, from 1968 to 1970 and from 1972 to 1976 Ambassador in France, and from 1970 to 1972 Secretary of State. Starting in 1956 he was a member of the FDP.[4][5]

Awards[edit]

Publications[edit]

  • France and Germany, in view of the European elections, held lectures at the invitation of East Prussia sheet and the Heads of State and Political Economy Society e V. Hamburg on 16 May 1979 in Hamburg / Sigismund Freiherr von Braun. - Hamburg: State and Society Political Economy, 1979. - 16 pages - (Small swg-series, H 17)
  • Sigismund von Braun: Volatile guests. On world tour 1933-1935. Herchen + Hague, Frankfurt am Main 1993, ISBN 978-3-89228-980-7

Literature[edit]

  • Christina von Braun: Whispers. Another family story. Propylaea-Verlag, Berlin 2007, ISBN 978-3-549-07314-8 .
  • Jobst Knigge: The Ambassador and the Pope. Weizsäcker and Pius XII. The German Embassy Vatican 1943-1945. Verlag Dr. Kovac, Hamburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-8300-3467-4 .
  • Maria Keipert (ed.): Biographical Handbook of the German Foreign Service 1871-1945. Issued by the Foreign Office, Historical Service. Volume 1: John Hurter : A-F. Schöningh, Paderborn and others 2000, ISBN 3-506-71840-1 .

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