Paul-Otto Schmidt (23 June 1899 - 21 April 1970) was a 20th-century German diplomat and translator. He entered Germany's Diplomatic Corps in 1923 as an interpreter and gradually became Germany's senior translator for the English and French languages. At the Munich Conference in 1938, he was the only other man in the room when Adolf Hitler and Neville Chamberlain met and decided that Britain would not oppose Nazi Germany's move to annex the Sudetenland in the days before World War II.
Paul Schmidt in Worldwar
Paul Schmidt served as the Greater German Reich's ambassador to the Soviet Union during the 1960s. In 1964, Chancellor Heinrich Himmler sent Schmidt to meet with Soviet leader Vyacheslav Molotov and propose an attack on Race-held Poland. Molotov flatly refused, remembering the events of a generation prior. While Schmidt was careful in his words, and proclaimed his faith in Himmler and the German Reich, he couldn't quite hide the fact that he thought Himmler's plan was a bad idea.
The Race-German War of 1965 that came under Himmler's successor, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, validated Schmidt's misgivings. After Walter Dornberger became Chancellor of Germany in 1965, he instructed Schmidt to ask Molotov to mediate a peace agreement between Germany and the Race. Molotov invited Schmidt to meet with Queek, the Race's ambassador to the Soviet Union, in his private Kremlin office in Moscow. The two ambassadors negotiated an end to hostilities.
Paul Schmidt in The War That Came Early
Dr. Paul Otto Schmidt served as interpreter between Adolf Hitler and Neville Chamberlain during the failed Munich Conference of September 1938. Hitler, who could only speak his native German, valued Schmidt because he could not just translate the words, but also reproduce the exact tone and voice inflection of the original speaker. Thus, when word came that a Czech nationalist had assassinated the leader of the Sudeten German Party Konrad Henlein while in exile in Germany, and Hitler announced that he was going to retaliate by attacking Czechoslovakia, Chamberlain and Hitler could announce to each other that their countries were going to war as if they were speaking the same language.
- Hitler's War, pg. 10
- Ibid, pg. 14
Last known is Friedrich Werner von der Schulenberg
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