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Hase, von, Karl-Günther

Date of birth:
December 15th, 1917 (Gut Wangern-Breslau/Silesia, Germany)


Karl-Günther von Hase was born on 15 December 1917 at the “Gut Wangern” in Breslau, Silesia as the son of Oberst of the Landespolizei and Oberstleutnant Günther von Hase (1881 – 1948) and Ina Hicketier (1882 – 1972). Upon leaving the Berlin Prinz-Heinrich-Gymnasium, Hase joined the Reichsarbeitsdienst. In 1936 he joined the Wehrmacht as a Fahnenjunker.

During the Second World War, von Hase fought in Poland, France and the Soviet Union. He finally reached the rank of Major im Generalstab. After the attempt to kill Adolf Hitler on 20 July 1944, von Hase was relieved from his duties in the Generalstab as a punishment because of the involvement of his uncle in the coup. von Hase was then sent to front line duties in Poland. Here he finally became a Prisoner of War of the Soviets.

On 13 February 1945, von Hase married Renate Stumpff (born on 15 March 1925, the daughter of Generaloberst Hans-Jürgen Stumpff) by radio connection from his Soviet imprisonment. The couple married in Rendsburg for the church after his relief from the Prisoner of War camp on 30 December 1949. The couple had a total of five daughters.

In 1950 he attended the Diplomats School in Speyer. Upon completion he gained a post in the Auswärtige Amt, where he became Leiter der Pressereferats in 1958. From 1 July 1962 until 14 November 1967 he was the Staatsekretär for die Presse- und Informationsamtes der Bundesregierung. After a brief occupation from 14 July 1967 until mid-October as Intendanten der Deutschen Welle, he became Staatsekretär des Bundesministeriums für Verteidigung. From 1970 to 1977 he was the Western German Ambassador in London. In 1977, Karl-Günther von Hase left the diplomatic corps and became the Intendant des ZDF until 1982.

1936: Fahnenjunker;
1944: Major im Generalstab;

1923 – 1935: Humanistisches Prinz-Heinrich-Gymnasium, Berlin;
1936: Fahnenjunker Artillerie-Regiment 19, Hannover/Celle;
1936 – 1937: Kriegsschule Potsdam;
1943: Generalstabslehrgang Hirschberg;
1945 – 1949: Prisoner of War in the Soviet Union;
1950 – 1951: Diplomatenschule Speyer;
1951 – 1952: Auswärtiges Amtes, Bonn;
1952: Stipendiat, Georgetown-University, Washington D.C.;
1953 – 1956: Gesandschaftsrat, Deutschen Botschaft in Ottawa, Canada;
1956 – 1958: Stellvertretender Pressesprecher des Auswärtigen Amts;
1958 – 1961: Leitung der Presseabteilung des Auswärtigen Amts;
1961 – 1962: Ministerialdirektor / Leiter der Politischen Abteilung West II;
1962 – 1967: Staatsekretär, Regierungssprecher und Chef des Presse- und Informationsamtes der Bundesregierung;
1967: Amt zum Intedanten der Deutschen Welle;
1967 – 1969: Staatssekretär im Bundesministerium der Verteidigung;
1970 – 1977: Botschafte, London;
1977: Intendanten des ZDF;
1982: Retirement.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Second World War (1939-1945)
Hauptmann (Captain)
3. / Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 92 / 20.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
February 11th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Second World War (1939-1945)
Generalstabs Offizier beim Kommandant Festung Schneidemühl (Ia Panzer-Division "Holstein")
Awarded on:
February 12th, 1945
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes


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