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Count Julius von Zech-Burkersroda

Count Julius von Zech-Burkersroda

German diplomat
Count Julius von Zech-Burkersroda
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Intro German diplomat
A.K.A. Zech von Burkensroda
Was Diplomat
From Germany
Type Politics
Gender male
Birth 1885, Dresden, Germany
Death 1946, Bautzen, Germany (aged 61 years)
Politics Nazi Party
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Biography

Julius von Zech-Burkersroda (German: Dr Julius Graf von Zech-Burkersroda; 1885–1946) was the German ambassador to the Hague at the start of World War II.

Zech-Burkersroda studied law at universities in Germany, and was commissioned as an officer in the cavalry. After twenty years' service in the diplomatic corps, he was appointed minister to the Hague in 1928 during the Weimar Republic. He remained at the Hague for the next decade, during which Adolf Hitler gained power in Germany.

In February 1940, Zech-Burkersroda claimed that the Duke of Windsor had leaked the Allied war plans for the defence of Belgium, which the Duke later denied.

In May 1940, Zech-Burkersroda was given the responsibility of passing the German declaration of war against the Netherlands to Dutch foreign minister Eelco van Kleffens. According to Van Kleffens, Zech-Burkersroda was stunned speechless by the actions of the Nazis. On 7 June 1940, he retired from the diplomatic service, shortly after the Netherlands fell to the Nazis. After the defeat of Nazi Germany five years later, he was arrested by the Soviet occupation forces, and died shortly thereafter in Bautzen.

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http://www.diplomatievandevervolging.nl/nl/graf
https://archive.org/stream/documentsongerma014726mbp#page/n871/mode/2up
https://archive.org/stream/maskofmerlinacri000286mbp#page/n307/mode/2up
//lccn.loc.gov/64-20102
https://d-nb.info/gnd/133424375
http://isni.org/isni/0000000022715585
https://viaf.org/viaf/28260186
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/28260186
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