His father was the teacher Friedrich Goetting. The family had to leave the city in 1918 due to the First World War and settled in Hanover. In 1929 he passed the Abitur at the Kaiser Wilhelm Gymnasium. In Königsberg he studied history, German, Middle Latin philology and religious studies. In Königsberg he joined the Frisia gymnastics club, which his father had co-founded in 1897. He continued his studies for two semesters in Vienna (1930/31) and from the winter semester 1931/32 in Berlin. In 1935 he received his doctorate there under Albert Brackmann with the thesis The monastic exemption in Northern and Central Germany from the 8th to the 15th century . Goetting began his career in archives under the influence of Brackmann. In 1934/35 Goetting was a full member of the Institute for Archival Studies and Historical Advanced Training in Berlin-Dahlem. After completing his archives training and the state examination for teaching at grammar schools in the summer of 1935, Goetting was accepted into the Prussian archive service and transferred to Breslau in 1936. In 1937 he became State Archives Assessor and in 1939 State Archives Councilor. In the war he was seriously wounded during the German-Soviet War in 1941. In 1941 he also became a member of the Historical Commission for Silesia . Goetting was also an extraordinary member of the Institute for Austrian Historical Research . Goetting held lectures as a lecturer at the University of Breslau in 1943/44.
In 1945 he got a job at the Lower Saxony State Archives in Hanover. In 1948 he was transferred to the Lower Saxony State Archives in Wolfenbüttel and in the same year a member of the Historical Commission for Lower Saxony and Bremen. From 1949 until his appointment to Göttingen he edited the Braunschweigisches Jahrbuch . Since 1956 he was a member of the advisory board of the Society for Church History of Lower Saxony. From 1957 to 1974 he was co-editor of the archival journal . From 1959 to 1967 he was a full member of the Braunschweig Scientific Society . In 1964 he was appointed associate professor for historical auxiliary sciences at the University of Göttingen and in the same year he was made an honorary member of the Braunschweigischer Geschichtsverein. Since 1967 Goetting was a corresponding member of the Historical Commission for Westphalia . In 1969 he became a full professor and taught in Göttingen until his retirement in 1976. In 1970 he was one of the founding members of the Archaeological Commission for Lower Saxony . He was also director of the Diplomatic Apparatus, a teaching collection of original documents that had existed since 1802. Wolfgang Petke was one of Goetting's most important academic students in Göttingen .
In the last two decades of his life he mainly researched the Carolingian , Ottonian and Salic - Staufer Hildesheim . The three volumes of the Germania Sacra are considered to be his main work : The imperial canonical monastery Gandersheim (1973), the Benedictine monastery Brunshausen, the Benedictine monastery St. Marien before Gandersheim, the Benedictine monastery Clus, the Franciscan monastery Gandersheim (1974) and the bishops of Hildesheim from 815 to 1221 (1227) (1984).
- The Diocese of Hildesheim 1: The imperial canonical monastery Gandersheim (= Germania sacra. The church of the old empire and its institutions. New series, vol. 7). de Gruyter, Berlin a. a. 1973, ISBN 3-11-004219-3 .
- The Diocese of Hildesheim 2: The Benedictine monastery Brunshausen, the Benedictine monastery St. Marien before Gandersheim, the Benedictine monastery Clus, the Franciscan monastery Gandersheim (= Germania sacra. The Church of the Old Kingdom and its institutions. New series, vol. 8). de Gruyter, Berlin a. a. 1974, ISBN 3-11-004314-9 .
- The Diocese of Hildesheim 3: The Hildesheim bishops from 815 to 1221 (1227) (= Germania sacra. The Church of the Old Kingdom and its institutions. New series, vol. 20). de Gruyter, Berlin a. a. 1984, ISBN 3-11-010004-5 .
- Heinrich Appelt : Hans Goetting. In: Mitteilungen des Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung , Vol. 103 (1995), pp. 501–502.
- Wolfgang Petke: Hans Goetting. In: Niedersächsisches Jahrbuch für Landesgeschichte , Vol. 67 (1995), pp. 484–487.
- Richard Moderhack : Hans Goetting † January 21, 1911-27. December 1994. In: Braunschweigisches Jahrbuch , Vol. 76 (1995), pp. 177-180. [S. 179–180 List of publications]
- Literature by and about Hans Goetting in the catalog of the German National Library
- Biographical information on the website of the Historical Commission for Westphalia
- Fifty Years of the Historical Commission for Silesia. In: Yearbook of the Schlesische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität zu Breslau, Volume 17, 1972, list of members p. 414.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German historian|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 21, 1911|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Poses|
|DATE OF DEATH||December 27, 1994|