The daughter of a couple in booksellers studied history, German and geography. She received her doctorate from Max Spindler in 1950 at the Institute for Bavarian History at the University of Munich via the Aichach Regional Court. From 1950 to 1963 she was the first female historian to work on the Commission for Bavarian State History at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences . She worked on the Historical Atlas of Bavaria . Together with Spindler, she published the Bavarian Historical Atlas in 1969.
In the 1960s women were often unable to hold high academic positions. In the course of the conflicts between Max Spindler and his successor Karl Bosl , she had to give up her habilitation plans. She then switched to Bayerischer Rundfunk . There she was history editor from 1964 to 1987. She also taught at the Institute for Bavarian History from 1973 to 1987. In 1983, together with the archaeologist Rainer Christlein, she was awarded the “Silver Hemisphere” by the German National Committee for the Protection of Monuments for the film series “... so that millennia does not pass without a trace” . Diepolder also emerged as a filmmaker . She made five films for the 1980 Wittelsbacher exhibition. She independently developed and edited more than 100 film titles. In 1989 the Bavarian Academy awarded her the Bene Merenti silver medal for her special services to the academy . She was also awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon . Thematically, she worked from the Agilolfinger period through the Bavarian High Middle Ages to Elector Max Emmanuel . Her two most important publications were the Bavarian Historical Atlas and a 1988 monograph on Aschheim in the Middle Ages. In the last years of her life she researched the beginnings of Weltenburg Abbey . The resulting methodologically broad-based study remained unfinished. In 1993 she was elected the first full and first female member of the Commission for Bavarian State History.
- Aschheim in the early Middle Ages. Part 2: Local history, settlement and land genetic observations (= Munich contributions to prehistory and early history . Volume 32, Part 2). CH Beck, Munich 1988, ISBN 3-406-30287-4 .
- The district court of Aichach. Commission for Bavarian State History, Munich 1950.
- Stefan Freund: Obituary for Gertrud Diepolder (June 27, 1925– July 16, 2016). In: Bavarian history sheets . Volume 82, 2017, pp. 215-219.
- Ferdinand Kramer : Obituary Gertrud Diepolder (1925–2016). In: Journal for Bavarian State History. Volume 79, 2016, pp. 649-652.
- Literature by and about Gertrud Diepolder in the catalog of the German National Library
- Publications by Gertrud Diepolder in the Opac der Regesta Imperii
- without author: First Lady of History . In: Münchner Merkur , April 19, 2009.
- Stefan Freund: Obituary for Gertrud Diepolder (June 27, 1925– July 16, 2016). In: Bavarian history sheets. Volume 82, 2017, pp. 215-219, here: p. 217.
- Peter Herde : Medieval Research in the Federal Republic of Germany 1945-1970. In: Maria Stuiber, Michele Spadaccini (ed.): Building blocks for German and Italian history. Festschrift for the 70th birthday of Horst Enzensberger. Bamberg 2014, pp. 175–218, here: p. 180 ( online ).
- Ferdinand Kramer: Obituary Gertrud Diepolder (1925-2016). In: Journal for Bavarian State History. Volume 79, 2016, pp. 649–652, here: p. 652.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German historian|
|DATE OF BIRTH||June 27, 1925|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Munich|
|DATE OF DEATH||July 16, 2016|
|Place of death||Munich|