Sigismund von Braun

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sigismund Freiherr von Braun receives the Turkish President Celâl Bayar on a state visit, May 9, 1958.

Sigismund Freiherr von Braun (born April 14, 1911 in Zehlendorf near Berlin ; † July 13, 1998 in Bonn ) was a German diplomat and State Secretary in the Foreign Office (1970–1972).


Sigismund Freiherr von Braun was the eldest son of the East Prussian landowner and later Reich Food Minister Magnus Freiherr von Braun and the Emmy von Quistorp. He was the older brother of the rocket researchers Wernher and Magnus von Braun , and the father of the politician Carola von Braun and the cultural scientist Christina von Braun .

He attended school in Gumbinnen in East Prussia and later the French grammar school in Berlin , where he graduated from high school in 1929. After an apprenticeship in a bank, he studied law, went to Cincinnati (USA) for a year in 1934 with the help of a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service and then went on a world tour (Japan, China, Malaya, India, etc.). In 1936 he joined the Foreign Service as an attaché. Since April 1937 he was the personal assistant to the German ambassador in Paris Johannes von Welczeck , but was transferred to Addis Ababa in September due to a dispute with Baldur von Schirach . On October 1, 1939, he joined the NSDAP . In 1940 he married Hildegard Beck-Margis (1915–2001), and five children were born from the marriage. In 1943 he took up his post as secretary of the legation at the embassy to the Holy See in Rome, where he remained until 1946.

In the course of the denazification process , he was classified as “exonerated” despite party membership, as he “supported clerical and other agencies at great personal risk in concealing religious, political and racial persecution and preventing their deportation”. After internment in Germany, he worked temporarily in the private sector, then as an assistant in several Nuremberg trials , such as the Wilhelmstrasse trial against Ernst von Weizsäcker , and finally as an employee of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. In 1954 he joined the diplomatic service of the Federal Republic of Germany and was among other things chief of protocol at the Foreign Office. The urbane, quick-witted and charming master of the balancing act showed his negotiating skills in a wide variety of positions: from 1962 to 1968 as permanent representative to the United Nations in New York, from 1968 to 1970 and 1972 to 1976 as German ambassador to France and from 1970 to 1972 as State Secretary in the Foreign Office under Federal Foreign Minister Walter Scheel . Since 1956 he was a member of the FDP .



  • France and Germany in view of the European elections; Lecture held at the invitation of the Ostpreußenblatt and the Staats- und Wirtschaftspolitische Gesellschaft e. V. Hamburg on May 16, 1979 in Hamburg / Sigismund Freiherr von Braun. - Hamburg: Staats- und Wirtschaftspolitische Gesellschaft, 1979. - 16 pages - (Small swg series; H. 17)
  • Sigismund von Braun: Fleeting guests. On a world tour 1933–1935. Haag + Herchen, Frankfurt am Main 1993, ISBN 978-3-89228-980-7


Web links

Commons : Sigismund von Braun  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  3. Quoted from: Christina von Braun: Stille Post. Another family story. List Taschenbuch, Berlin 2008, p. 357, ISBN 978-3-548-60810-5 .
  4. ^ DIED: Sigismund von Braun . In: Der Spiegel . No. 30 , 1998 ( online ).
  5. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)
predecessor Office successor
Karl Heinrich Knappstein Head of the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations
1962 - 1968
Alexander Böker
predecessor Office successor
Manfred Klaiber
Hans Helmuth Ruete
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in France
1968 - 1970
1972 - 1976
Hans Helmuth Ruete
Axel Herbst