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Biographisches Handbuch des deutschen Auswärtigen Dienstes 1871-1945 [Biographical Handbook on the German Foreign Service, 1871–1945]

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This reference material was published by the Historical Service on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office. Comprising five volumes, it contains biographical information on all members of the higher Foreign Service between 1871 and 1945.

Cover of Biographisches Handbuch A-F
Cover of Biographisches Handbuch A-F© AA

The entries include Germany’s foreign ministers, as well as all civil servants and employees in the higher Foreign Service, encompassing research assistants, officers and state secretaries in the Berlin headquarters, and diplomats, consuls, interpreters and commercial, cultural and press attachés in the German missions abroad.

Using the Foreign Office’s personnel files, which were fully reviewed for the first time, as well as a large number of other sources, this publication provides information in a standardised form on the individuals’ biographical data, background, family, religion, education, party membership, and career in and outside the Foreign Service. The entries include photographs, bibliographies and information on the location of personal papers.

Vol. 1: A – F, compiled by Johannes Hürter, Martin Kröger, Rolf Messerschmidt and Christiane Scheidemann, Paderborn, Munich, Vienna and Zurich 2000
XLVIII + 633 pages, illustrated, cloth-bound with a dust jacket
€148 
ISBN 978-3-506-71840-2

Vol. 2: G – K, compiled by Gerhard Keiper and Martin Kröger, Paderborn, Munich, Vienna and Zurich 2005
XIV + 715 pages, illustrated, cloth-bound with a dust jacket
€158
ISBN 978-3-506-71841-9

Vol. 3: L – R, compiled by Gerhard Keiper and Martin Kröger, Paderborn, Munich, Vienna and Zurich 2008
XIV + 749 pages, illustrated, cloth-bound with a dust jacket
€158/CHF250
ISBN 978-3-506-71842-6

Vol. 4: S, compiled by Bernd Isphording, Gerhard Keiper and Martin Kröger, Paderborn, Munich, Vienna and Zurich 2012
XIV + 423 pages, illustrated, cloth-bound with a dust jacket
€118
ISBN 978-3-506-71843-3

Vol. 5: T-Z, Supplements, compiled by Bernd Isphording, Gerhard Keiper and Martin Kröger, Paderborn, Munich, Vienna and Zurich 2014
XIV + 548 pages, illustrated, cloth-bound with a dust jacket
€152
ISBN 978-3-506-71844-0

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