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Franz Edler von Sonnleithner (June 1, 1905 - April 18, 1981) was a diplomat who became the Foreign Office liaison officer at Adolf Hitler's headquarters.

He was born in Salzburg, Austria and studied law in Vienna and Innsbruck where he gained a doctorate in 1928. He was then a police commissioner in Vienna and Salzburg and worked in the Federal Chancellery in Vienna. He was arrested as a Nazi in 1936 and remained in prison until March 12, 1938 Anschluss when Germany annexed Austria. After joining the Reich Foreign Office he worked on the personal staff of the Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop.

He was present at the situation conference in 1944 at the Wolf's Lair headquarters in Rastenburg, East Prussia when the 20 July plot bomb was planted by Claus Von Stauffenberg.

From April 1945 to 1948 he was held in American internment camps. He then worked in industry in Ingelheim am Rhein where he died aged 75.


In 1989 his autobiography was published in German by Long-Müller, Munich, ISBN 3-784-42267-5


  • This page is a translation of its German equivalent.


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