Hans Hermann Junge (11 February 1914 – 13 August 1944) born in Preetz / Holstein was a German SS officer who served as aide-de-camp and valet to Adolf Hitler. He was killed in combat during World War II in August 1944.
Early life and education
Junge was born in Preetz in Schleswig-Holstein Province in February 1914.
Junge joined the Schutzstaffel (SS) in 1933.
In 1934 he volunteered for the 1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, and on 1 July 1936 he joined the Führerbegleitkommando which provided security protection for Hitler. In 1940 Junge became a valet and orderly to Hitler and met Traudl Humps, who was Hitler's last private secretary. Junge was considered Hitler's second valet after Heinz Linge. Junge worked as a valet in the Reich Chancellery in Berlin and at Hitler's residence near Berchtesgaden. According to Traudl, although they were called valets, the two men were really managers of Hitler's household. They accompanied him wherever he went and were in charge of Hitler's daily routine; including awaking him, providing newspapers and messages, determining the daily menu/meals and wardrobe. Linge and Junge would trade shifts every two days.
At Hitler's encouragement, Junge and Humps were married on 19 June 1943. On 14 July 1943, he joined the Waffen-SS. About Junge's going to the front, his wife Traudl wrote in her memoirs:
The following year he died in combat as an SS-Obersturmführer (first lieutenant) in a low flying aircraft attack in Dreux, France. According to Lehmann and Carroll, "Hitler had liked Hans Junge and was so upset by his death that he broke the news to Traudl Junge personally." Traudl confirmed this and further stated that Hitler asked her to stay on as his secretary. He promised to "look after" Traudl now that she was a widow.