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Life[ edit ] Gans zu Putlitz came from a noble family in the Prignitz district of Brandenburg. He was the heir to Laaske Castle, which included extensive agricultural land. When war broke out in , Gans zu Putlitz was the second highest diplomat at the German embassy in the neutral Netherlands ,  a position from which he gave the British information on deployment plans and strength of the German troops.
For the British intelligence officer Klop Ustinov who was previously also a German diplomat , Gans zu Putlitz was one of the most important sources. It was, alleged MI5 Assistant Director Peter Wright , "priceless intelligence, possibly the most important human-source intelligence Britain received in the prewar period". Gans zu Putlitz was shown this list and knew he had to seek asylum. From January to April , he was assistant at Soldatensender Calais in England, a propaganda radio station.
The British occupation authorities had him appointed senior executive officer and personal assistant to the Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein. However, as a known confidant of the occupying power, he was not tolerated in this position on a permanent basis. Via Switzerland and Paris, he returned to Britain.
In , he became a British citizen. Gans zu Putlitz acted as a witness for the prosecution at the Nuremberg Trials , testifying against war criminals in the German Foreign Service. Gans zu Putlitz returned to East Germany in January He worked as a freelance writer and editor for the publishing house Verlag Volk und Wissen in Bad Saarow and Berlin, which until German reunification published almost all textbooks in the DDR.
Erinnerungen eines ehemaligen Diplomaten. Verlag der Nation, Berlin zuerst Laaske, London und Haiti. Zeitgeschichtliche Miniaturen. Verlag der Nation, Berlin The Putlitz Dossier. Kriegs- und Naziverbrecher in der Bundesrepublik.
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