Kurt Jagow

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Kurt Jagow (born November 29, 1890 in Kiel , † May 2, 1945 in Berlin ) was a German archivist ; he also worked as a publicist and historian.


After completing his doctorate, Jagow worked in the theater department at the police chief in Berlin from 1916 , and from 1919 as an assistant in the civil department. In 1928 he became co-director of the Brandenburg-Prussia house archives and house archivist of the Prussian royal family .

From the beginning of the war he was assigned to work as a research assistant in the Foreign Office and was entrusted with organizing the archive commission. As an employee of the Political Archives of the Foreign Office, he was subordinate to the Army High Command from September 1940 in the Archive Commission department. In August 1940, Legation Councilor Ullrich, on behalf of the AA, announced to the High Command of the Wehrmacht that a commission would be sent to examine the files of the French Foreign Ministry ( Quai d'Orsay ) in Tours . In addition to Jagow, she included Peter Klassen and Heinz Günther Sasse . According to a report by Jagow, "material that appeared urgently suitable for processing" was transferred to Berlin. The files were confiscated by the so-called Sonderkommando Künsberg .

When the Red Army marched into Berlin, he and his wife took their own lives.

Jagow's books mostly dealt with historical topics related to the Prussian royal family. He published a. a. in the Süddeutsche Monatshefte . From 1934 he was a permanent employee of the White Papers . There he stood for factual and historically sound articles and book reviews.


  • Selected u. ed. by Kurt Jagow: Men of world history. Character pictures from Leopold von Ranke's works , Leipzig 1922
  • World War I dates. Prehistory and course up to the end of 1921 , Leipzig 1922
  • Under the yoke of Versailles . The Book of German Distress , Berlin 1923
  • Political Concise Dictionary (editorial collaboration, edited by Paul Herre ), Leipzig 1923
  • The Potsdam Privy Council . History and legend , Munich 1928
  • Wilhelm and Elisa: The Old Emperor's childhood love , 1930
  • Germany acquitted! The drama of the 13 days in the judgment of history , Leipzig 1933
  • The guilt of the tsar's murder : an answer to Paléologue , in: Berliner Monatshefte , May 1935 edition
  • Queen Victoria's Girl Years , Berlin 1938
  • The old Kaiser tells , Berlin 1939

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Precise life data from: Peter Grupp, Germany, Foreign Office, Historical Service: Biographical Handbook of the German Foreign Service, 1871–1945: G – K. F. Schöningh, Paderborn 2005, p. 417.
  2. a b Short biographies / Dictionnaire biographique ( Memento of the original from September 24, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. at the Institut d'histoire du temps présent (IHTP), France. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.ihtp.cnrs.fr
  3. ^ A b Martin Kröger and Roland Thimme: The Political Archive of the Foreign Office in World War II. Protection, escape, loss, repatriation. In: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte . Vol. 47 (1999), pp. 243-264 ( PDF ).
  4. Reinhold Schneider : Veiled day. Confession of a life. Herder, Freiburg 1960, p. 173.
  5. Maria Theodora Baroness von dem Bottlenberg-Landsberg: Karl Ludwig Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg. Lukas Verlag, Berlin 2003, p. 82.