Joachim von Ribbentrop

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Joachim von Ribbentrop
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Reich Meenister for Foreign Affairs
In office
4 Februar 1938 – 30 Aprile 1945
FührerAdolf Hitler
Precedit biKonstantin von Neurath
Succeedit biArthur Seyss-Inquart
German Ambassador tae the Coort o St. James
In office
Appyntit biAdolf Hitler
Precedit biLeopold von Hoesch
Succeedit biHerbert von Dirksen
Personal details
BornUlrich Friedrich Wilhelm Joachim Ribbentrop
30 Apryle 1893(1893-04-30)
Wesel, German Empire
Dee'd16 October 1946(1946-10-16) (aged 53)
Nuremberg, Germany
Poleetical pairtyNaitional Socialist German Wirkers' Pairty (NSDAP)
Spoose(s)Anna Elisabeth Henkell (m. 1920)
RelationsRudolf von Ribbentrop (son)
ProfessionBusinessman, diplomat
Militar service
Allegiance German Empire
Unit12th Hussar Regiment
Battles/warsWorld War I

SS-Obergruppenführer Ulrich Friedrich Wilhelm Joachim von Ribbentrop (30 Aprile 1893 – 16 October 1946) wis Foreign Meenister o Nazi Germany frae 1938 till 1945.

Ribbentrop first cam tae Adolf Hitler's notice as a weel-traivelled businessman wi mair knawledge o the ootside warld than maist senior Nazis an as an authority on warld affairs. He offered his hoose for the saicret meetins in Januar 1933 that resultit in Hitler's appyntment as Chancellor o Germany. He becam a close confidant o Hitler, tae the ugg o some pairty members, that thocht him superfeecial an lackin in talent. He wis appyntit Ambassador tae the Coort o St James (for the Unitit Kinrick o Great Breetain an Northren Ireland) in 1936 an then Foreign Meenister o Germany in Februar 1938.

Afore Warld War II, he played a key role in brokerin the Pact o Steel (an alliance wi Fascist Italy) an the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact (the Nazi–Soviet nan-aggression pact). He favoured reteenin guid relations wi the Soviets, an opponed the invasion o the Soviet Union. Efter 1941, Ribbentrop's influence declined.

Arrestit in Juin 1945, Ribbentrop wis tried at the Nuremberg trials an convictit for his role in stairtin Warld War II in Europe an enablin the Holocaust. On 16 October 1946, he becam the first o thae sentenced tae daith bi hangin tae be executit.