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NAME: Leutnant Dr. Hans Gerd von Rundstedt

DATE OF BIRTH:       21 January 1903
PLACE OF BIRTH:     Kassel

    12 January 1948
PLACE OF DEATH:   Hannover

Hans Gerd was Generalfeldmarschall Gerd von Rundstedt's only child.

Hans (aged 8) & his mother (Bila) in 1911
Photo courtesy of
Hans von Götz
(Bila's great nephew)

Breaking from the family tradition of soldiering, Hans Gerd von Rundstedt elected to become an academic instead. His father later said that he would have been a “lousy soldier”! After achieving a doctorate in the early 1930s, he worked as an archivist at the University in Berlin for several years.

Married: Editha (“Ditha”) von Oppen in September 1935. Editha died in April 1982

Children: Barbara (1936), Gerd (1938), Eberhard (1940), Editha (1942) and Paul (1945).

Lt Hans von Rundstedt with his father (GFM Gerd von Rundstedt) and mother (Bila)

Photo Courtesy of: Paul von Rundstedt

Von Rundstedt, son & Lt Gen Alexander M Patch

Helga Bischoff

In March 2005, I made contact with a Mrs Helga Bischoff. She kindly gave me the following account::

I came to know Hans von Rundstedt whilst he was working at the University of Berlin in the Archive Department. At the time, I think he had been a Dr. for around two years or something like that. I was still a student, but I also wished to work with archives, and so I often did courses in the archive section. Once or twice, I found myself not under his direction, as he was not the director of my studies, but I was sometimes under his supervision.

I remember him as a very kind man, who was very understanding if you filed something the wrong way - not like some people who thought that if you were at that level of studies then you should automatically know how to file... He was one of those people who told you that if you had any problems with the Univeristy administration, or even if you were not sure of something, then you could ask him, and he would always do his best to help you.

Then of course, he was called up for the army, where I believe he wrote a series of biographies including the one of his father. I passed my doctorate in 1939, just before the outbreak of the war. I then decided I would go and perfect my English in England, and I lived for a few years in Nottingham. I was very saddend to read in 1948 in the newspaper that Hans von Rundstedt had died, and I sent a personnal condolence card to the Field Marshall, whilst he was still at the camp in Bridgend. He actually sent me a reply too, thanking me for my kindness. If I remember correctly, he also said that had his son not been ill, he would have gone back into the Academic line of work after the war.


12th June 1934

I, Dr. H-G von Rundstedt of the Archive Department, certify that this student has made progress.

Advances / progress was made in the following domains :

The student has made a lot of progress in the Archive domain. He/She also has a lot of motivation towards others and shows a great deal of ability in Teamwork.

I declare this unit of study for the Academic year of 1933-1934 validated.

Dr. von Rundstedt.

A progress report from the archive department of the University, which sums up the progress Helga Bischoff made over a term of studies, which Gerd von Rundtsedt supervised.


Gerd Kesselner

In September 2005 I made contact with Gerd Kesselner. He kindly gave me the following account:

Every time I met him (Hans von Rundstedt), it was never because I had to see him personally. I was a member of the Gestapo, and there was a period of the war when I made repeated visits to the Public Government sections of Berlin, where the Leutnant's wife, née von Oppen, was a doctor of economics. It was with her and her bosses that I had to converse, and sometimes he was there. In Paris, it was the same. I came accross him one or two times when we had to make a search of the Rundstedt HQ in Paris. He was always very polite, but I found him somewhat annoying in the sense that he was always fussing around you and trying to please.

Click here to see a photo of Leutnant Hans Gerd von Rundstedt in the company of fellow prisoners of war at Island Farm