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List of notable or famous diplomats from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top diplomats born in Germany and even some popular diplomats who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German diplomats then this list is the perfect resource for you. These diplomats are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known diplomat from Germany is included when available.

List people include Henry Kissinger, Ernst vom Rath and many more.

This historic diplomats from Germany list can help answer the questions "Who are some German diplomats of note?" and "Who are the most famous diplomats from Germany?" These prominent diplomats of Germany may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected German diplomats.

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Adam Gottlob Moltke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 82 (1710-1792) Count Adam Gottlob Moltke was a Danish courtier, statesman and diplomat, born at Riesenhof in Mecklenburg.

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Adam von Trott zu Solz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 35 (1909-1944) Friedrich Adam von Trott zu Solz was a German lawyer and diplomat who was involved in the conservative opposition to the Nazi regime, and who played a central part in the 20 July Plot. He was ...more

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Apollonius von Maltitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Apollonius von Maltitz Dec. at 75 (1795-1870) Apollonius Freiherr von Maltitz was a German writer and diplomat. Von Maltitz was born in Gera. He became a diplomat in the service of the Russian Empire from 1811, representing it in various ...more

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Cécil von Renthe-Fink is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Cécil von Renthe-Fink Dec. at 79 (1885-1964) Cécil Karl-August Timon Ernst Anton von Renthe-Fink was a German diplomat. He was plenipotentiary of Denmark from April 9, 1940 until 1942. In 1926 Renthe-Fink was posted to Dresden as ...more

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Christian I is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Christian I Dec. at 53 (1130-1183) Christian I was a German nobleman and diplomat. He was count of Buch, archbishop of Mainz, and archchancellor of Germany.

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Christian Schwarz-Schilling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
age 87 Professor Dr. Christian Schwarz-Schilling, is a German politician, entrepreneur, philanthropist and media and telecommunications innovator. He is the son of the composer Reinhard ...more

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Christian Wernicke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Christian Wernicke Dec. at 64 (1661-1725) Christian Wernicke was a German epigramist and diplomat. His surname has also been spelled Wernigke, Warneck, and Werneke. Wernicke was born in Elbing in the Polish province of Royal Prussia. ...more

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Clemens von Ketteler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Clemens von Ketteler Dec. at 47 (1853-1900) Clemens August Freiherr von Ketteler was a German career diplomat. He was murdered during the Boxer Rebellion.

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Dirk Schuebel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dirk Schuebel age 53 Dirk Steffen Schuebel is a diplomat and economist from Germany. He has been the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Moldova since November 2009.

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Eduard Brücklmeier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 41 (1903-1944) Eduard Robert Wolfgang Brücklmeier was a German diplomat and resistance fighter against the Nazi régime who was executed as a result of his association with the 20 July Plot.

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Ernst vom Rath is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 29 (1909-1938) Ernst Eduard vom Rath was a German diplomat, remembered for his assassination in Paris in 1938 by a Jewish teenager, Herschel Grynszpan, which touched off Kristallnacht, "The Night of

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Franz von Papen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 90 (1879-1969) Franz Joseph Hermann Michael Maria von Papen zu Köningen was a German nobleman, General Staff officer and politician. He served as Chancellor of Germany in 1932 and as Vice-Chancellor under ...more

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Franz von Sonnleithner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 76 (1905-1981) Franz Edler von Sonnleithner was a diplomat who acted as Ribbentrop's representative in Adolf Hitler's headquarters during the later years of the war with the rank of Minister.

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Friedrich Albrecht zu Eulenbur... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 66 (1815-1881) Count Friedrich Albrecht zu Eulenburg was a Prussian diplomat and politician. He led the Eulenburg Expedition and secured the Prusso-Japanese Treaty of 24 January 1861, which was similar to ...more

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Friedrich Heinrich von Seckend... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Friedrich Heinrich von Seckendorff Dec. at 90 (1673-1763) Friedrich Heinrich Reichsgraf von Seckendorff was a Franconian field marshal and diplomat, in the service of the imperial Habsburg monarchy of Austria. Later he served as commander of the ...more

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Friedrich Rosen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Friedrich Rosen Dec. at 79 (1856-1935) Friedrich Rosen or Fritz Rosen was a German Orientalist, diplomat and politician. From May to October 1921 he was the Foreign Minister of Germany.

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Fritz Kolbe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 71 (1900-1971) Fritz Kolbe was a German diplomat who became America's most important spy against the Nazis in World War II.

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Georg Friedrich von Martens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 65 (1756-1821) Georg Friedrich von Martens was a German jurist and diplomat. Educated at the universities of Göttingen, Regensburg and Vienna, he became professor of jurisprudence at Göttingen in ...more

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Gottlieb von Jagow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 72 (1863-1935) Gottlieb von Jagow was a German diplomat. He served as the foreign minister of Germany between January 1913 and 1916.

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Hagen Graf Lambsdorff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Hagen Graf Lambsdorff age 83

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Hans Bernd von Haeften is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 39 (1905-1944) Hans-Bernd August Gustav von Haeften was a German jurist and member of the German Resistance against Adolf Hitler.

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Hans Thomsen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Hans Thomsen Dec. at 77 (1891-1968) Hans Thomsen was a German diplomat for the Third Reich. He served as Chargé d'Affaires at the Embassy of Germany in Washington, representing the German government from November 1938 to ...more

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Hans von Herwarth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 95 (1904-1999) Hans Heinrich Herwarth von Bittenfeld, also known as Johnnie or Johann von Herwarth, was a German diplomat who provided the Allies with information prior to and during the Second World War.

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Hans-Heinrich Dieckhoff is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Hans-Heinrich Dieckhoff Dec. at 68 (1884-1952) Hans-Heinrich Dieckhoff was a German diplomat best known for his service to the Nazi regime. Dieckhoff was born in Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine. From 1937 to November 1938 he served as German ...more

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Hans-Peter Kaul is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 71 (1943-2014) Hans-Peter Kaul was a German international law scholar and former diplomat and international judge. From 11 March 2003 until 1 July 2014, he served as Judge at the International Criminal Court ...more

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Heinrich Ernst Göring is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 74 (1839-1913) Heinrich Ernst Göring was a German jurist and diplomat who served as colonial governor of German South-West Africa. He was the father of five children including Hermann Göring, the ...more

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Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
age 94 Henry Alfred Kissinger is an American diplomat and political scientist. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents ...more

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Hugo Phillip Graf von Lerchenf... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Hugo Phillip Graf von Lerchenfeld auf Köfering und Schönberg Dec. at 82 (1843-1925) Hugo Phillip Graf von Lerchenfeld auf Köfering und Schönberg was the representative of the Kingdom of Bavaria in Berlin from 1880 to 1918. Due to the dual nature of the King of Prussia ...more

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Jacob Theodor Klein is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 74 (1685-1759) Jacob Theodor Klein was a Royal Prussian jurist, historian, botanist, zoologist, mathematician and diplomat in service of Polish King August II the Strong.

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Joachim Rücker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Joachim Rücker age 66 Joachim Rücker is a German diplomat. As of 2015, he is the President of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 83 (1749-1832) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an ...more

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Jona von Ustinov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 70 (1892-1962) Jona Baron von Ustinov was a German journalist and diplomat who worked for MI5 during the time of the Nazi regime. He was the son of Baron Plato von Ustinov and father of the actor Sir Peter

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Jörg Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Jörg Zimmermann age 74 Jörg Zimmermann is a German diplomat, who currently serves as his country's Ambassador to New Zealand. He is also accredited as Ambassador to Fiji.

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Julius Fröbel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 88 (1805-1893) Julius Fröbel was a journalist, diplomat and author. He was active in Western Europe, the United States and South America at different times in his life.

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Jürgen Chrobog is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
age 78 Jürgen Chrobog is a German jurist, diplomat, and German Ambassador to the United States from 1995 to 2001.

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Karl August Varnhagen von Ense is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 73 (1785-1858) Karl August Varnhagen von Ense was a German biographer, diplomat and soldier.

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Karl von Spreti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 63 (1907-1970) Karl Borromäus Maria Heinrich Graf von Spreti was a German diplomat. He is best known as the West German Ambassador to Guatemala from 1968 until his assassination in 1970. The story of his ...more

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Karlfried Graf Dürckheim is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 92 (1896-1988) Karl Friedrich Alfred Heinrich Ferdinand Maria Graf Eckbrecht von Dürckheim-Montmartin was a German diplomat, psychotherapist and Zen Master. A veteran of World War I, he was introduced to ...more

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Klemens von Metternich is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 86 (1773-1859) Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich was a politician and statesman of Rhenish extraction and one of the most important diplomats of his era, serving as the Austrian Empire's Foreign Minister ...more

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Konrad Seitz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Konrad Seitz age 84 Konrad Seitz is a German academic and diplomat. He has studied Philosophy, History and Classical Philology in Munich and International Economics and International Law at Fletcher School. In 1965 ...more

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Kurt Riezler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 73 (1882-1955) Kurt Riezler was a German philosopher and diplomat. A top-level cabinet adviser in the German Empire and the Weimar Republic, he negotiated Germany's underwriting of Russia's October Revolution ...more

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Kurt Riezler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany

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Leopold von Hoesch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Leopold von Hoesch Dec. at 55 (1881-1936) Leopold von Hoesch was a career German diplomat. Hoesch began his political career in France as the chargé d'affaires in 1923. Following the recall of the German Ambassador in 1923 after ...more

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Ludwig von Pastor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 74 (1854-1928) Ludwig Pastor, later Ludwig von Pastor, Freiherr von Campersfelden, was a German historian and a diplomat for Austria. He became one of the most important Roman Catholic historians of his time ...more

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Marcin Kromer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 77 (1512-1589) Marcin Kromer was Prince-Bishop of Warmia, a Polish cartographer, diplomat and historian in the Kingdom of Poland and later in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. He was a personal secretary to ...more

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Max Erwin von Scheubner-Richte... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 39 (1884-1923) Ludwig Maximilian Erwin von Scheubner-Richter or Max Scheubner-Richter, born Ludwig Maximilian Erwin Richter was an early member of the Nazi party. It was Scheubner-Richter along with Alfred ...more

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Murad Wilfried Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Murad Wilfried Hofmann age 86 Murad Wilfried Hofmann is a prominent German diplomat and author. He has authored several books on Islam, including Journey to Makkah and Islam: The Alternative. Many of his books and essays ...more

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Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany

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Ottmar von Mohl is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 76 (1846-1922) Ottmar von Mohl was a German diplomat and government advisor in Meiji period Japan. Ottmar von Mohl, born in Tübingen, Germany was the son of famous jurist Robert von Mohl. He studied law ...more

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Otto Bräutigam is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Diplomats from Germany
Dec. at 97 (1895-1992) Otto Bräutigam was a German diplomat and lawyer, who worked for the Auswärtiges Amt as well as the Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories of Alfred Rosenberg in Nazi ...more