Joachim von Ribbentrop Biography
(Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nazi Germany (1938-45))
Birthday: April 30, 1893 (Taurus)
Born In: Wesel, Germany
Joachim von Ribbentrop was a German diplomat and the foreign minister in Nazi Germany from 1938 to 1945. He was one of the first among the Nazis to be hanged after the Nuremberg trials. He was born in Prussia and moved frequently in his childhood and teenage years to countries such as Switzerland, Canada, UK and USA. He arrived in Germany after the First World War was over and met Hitler for the first time in 1928. In 1932, he joined the National Socialist Party. Having travelled and worked in many countries, he was deemed perfect for the position of Hitler’s chief advisor on foreign affairs. He was appointed as a Reich Minister in 1934. In 1938 he was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and one of his very first achievements was to sign the ‘Pact of Steel’ with Italy, which stated that both fascist countries will help each other if war breaks out. However, during the actual war years in the early 1940s, Joachim’s position weakened within the party and he also lost his credibility with Hitler. Once the war was over, he was captured in June 1945 and was tried in Nuremberg owing to his role in starting the Second World War and as one of the perpetrators of the Holocaust. He was hanged to death in October 1946.