Hans Globke

Hans Globke

German lawyer and statesman
Date of Birth: 10.09.1898
Country: Germany

  1. Biography of Hans Globke
  2. Early Life
  3. Career
  4. Post-World War II
  5. Later Years

Biography of Hans Globke

Early Life

Hans Globke was born on September 10, 1898, in Düsseldorf, Germany, into a Catholic family. Soon after his birth, his family moved to Aachen. Globke studied law and political science at the University of Bonn and the University of Cologne, completing his education in 1922. He defended his dissertation at the University of Giessen and was a member of the Catholic organization Cartellverband.


In December 1929, Globke began working for the Ministry of Interior of Prussia. Although he was never a member of the Nazi Party, he played a significant role in the legal justification of the persecution of Jews. Globke provided the necessary legal framework for the Nazi regime's intentions through his commentary on the Nuremberg Laws. Even before the laws were enacted, he proposed the introduction of distinctive signs for the entire Jewish population and issued a circular forbidding marriages between Jews and Germans. He also implemented a registration system for the Jewish population in the Gestapo to enforce coercive measures. Globke was the initiator of the idea of mandatory name changes for Jewish individuals, requiring the addition of "Israel" for men and "Sara" for women.

Post-World War II

During the Nuremberg Trials, Globke participated as a witness. The GDR court accused Globke in absentia of being a key figure in the campaign of Jewish genocide and sentenced him to life imprisonment. However, during his lifetime, his Nazi past and role in the Holocaust were concealed with the support of the CIA and the BND.

Later Years

Globke held the position of State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery of West Germany from 1953 to 1963 and was a close advisor to Konrad Adenauer. After Adenauer's departure from active politics in 1963, Globke moved to Switzerland and passed away in Bad Godesberg on February 13, 1973.