(1905 - 1947)
Hanns Ludin was a German diplomat.
Born in Freiburg, Ludin began his Nazi affiliation in 1930 by joining the party, and was arrested for his
political activities the same year. Imprisoned until 1931, he joined
the SA on his release.
Ludin was lucky to survive the "Night
of the Long Knives" in 1934 when Hitler purged much
of the left-wing of the Nazi
party. He restored his reputation by joining the Foreign Office
and became Ambassador to Slovakia in 1941, replacing Manfred von Killinger.
Ludin's activities included convincing the Slovakian
government to comply with deportations for slave
labor and providing diplomatic cover to such activities. In 1943,
he was promoted to SA-Obergruppenfuehrer.
Ludin was arrested after the war and extradited to Czechoslovakia,
where he was tried with SS-Obergruppenfuehrer Hermann Höfle. He
was sentenced to death and was executed on December 9, 1947.
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