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Rolf Friedemann Pauls (26 August 1915 Eckartsberga - 4 May 2002)
was a German diplomat. He was German Ambassador to the United
States from 1968 to 1973, and the first ambassador of the Federal
Republic of Germany to Israel, from 1965 to 1968.Rolf Friedemann
Pauls was born in 1915 in Eckartsberga the son of a Protestant
clergyman. After he had graduated from the Naumburg Domgymnasium in
1934, he was a career officer in the infantry of the Wehrmacht. Due
to a serious injury, suffered as a company commander in Russia, he
lost his left arm. Before he received a General Staff Officer
Course, in 1942, he was the military attach in Ankara, Turkey. In
1944, he was on the staff of the 363rd Volksgrenadier Division. In
December 1944, Paul was awarded the Knight's Cross. According to a
later report of General Hans Speidel, Rolf Friedemann Paul was in
the plans to assassinate Hitler on the 20th July 1944, and was only
on the basis of silence by others that he escaped arrest.
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