Wolf Graf von Baudissin
Wolf Stefan Traugott Graf von Baudissin (8 May 1907 – 5 June 1993) was a German
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, military planner and peace researcher
Peace and conflict studies
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. His wife was the sculptress Dagmar Gräfin zu Dohna-Schlodien. He was one of the developers of the concepts of Innere Führung (officially translated as "leadership development and civic education") and Staatsbürger in Uniform ("citizens in uniform"), the two lead concepts of the modern German Bundeswehr
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. He died in Hamburg
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Early life

Baudissin was born in Trier
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 into the Baudissin
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 family. He studied law, history and economics in Berlin
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In World War II
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, Baudissin served as hauptmann
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 im Generalstab
(captain with the General Staff
German General Staff
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) at the personal request of General Erwin Rommel
Erwin Rommel
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. He was captured by the Australians in 1941 and detained in the prisoner-of-war camp
Prisoner-of-war camp
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 Durringhile, Victoria
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, Australia
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. In absence, he was promoted to major
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. While being held at Durringhile, he developed the idea of the "prisoner-of-war university" (Kriegsgefangenenuniversität). There, the expert German prisoners taught their comrades in various subjects and prepared them for a life after the war. Baudissin was released in 1947.

Career in the Bundeswehr

In October 1950, Baudissin worked on the secret Himmeroder Denkschrift, a pamphlet advocating German rearmament. In 1956 he helped to create the fledgling German new armed forces, the Bundeswehr
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 (in the rank of colonel
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) and soon headed a tank brigade. In 1963 to 1965, promoted to lieutenant general
Lieutenant General
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 he was Commandant of the Nato Defence College in Paris. Baudissin then went on to serve with NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
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 (SHAPE) in the position of Deputy Chief of Staff. Pensioned in 1967, he became a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
Social Democratic Party of Germany
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, and openly supported Willy Brandt
Willy Brandt
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's bid for chancellorship in 1972.

From 1971 to 1984, Baudissin served as founding director for the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik) at the University of Hamburg
University of Hamburg
The University of Hamburg is a university in Hamburg, Germany. It was founded on 28 March 1919 by Wilhelm Stern and others. It grew out of the previous Allgemeines Vorlesungswesen and the Kolonialinstitut as well as the Akademisches Gymnasium. There are around 38,000 students as of the start of...

. In 1979, he was made professor
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. From 1980 to 1986, he served as professor for social science at the University of the Bundeswehr in Hamburg.

Awards and honors

Baudissin was a member of the peace movement
Peace movement
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 group "Generals for Peace" (Generale für den Frieden). In 1967, he was awarded the Theodor-Heuss-Preis and the Great Federal Cross of Merit, with stars and sash
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On 19 April 1994, the hall of the Bundeswehr's Zentrum für Innere Führung (Center for Civic Education) in Koblenz
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 was renamed "Forum Wolf Graf von Baudissin". On 7 June of the same year, the "General Schwartzkopff Barracks" in Osdorf
Osdorf, Hamburg
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were renamed "Lieutenant General Graf von Baudissin Barracks".

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