In the UK, several newspapers published obituaries for Graf von Bernstorff, including Sir Harold Nicolson’s in The Spectator on 10 August 1945 in which he declared that “Albrecht Bernstorff had from the first displayed singular courage in decrying the Nazi system”.
Graf von Bernstorff has been honoured on a memorial plaque at the Residence of the German Ambassador in London since 27 June 1961.
He is also commemorated on the Federal Foreign Office’s remembrance wall.
Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff
Born in Berlin on 6 March 1890, Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff studied law and national economics from 1909 until 1914. He was a Rhodes-Scholar in Oxford in 1911 and joined the military for one year from 1911-12.
He joined the German Foreign Office in 1914 and served at the Embassy in Vienna from 1917, before he was sent to London in 1923.
Graf von Bernstorff was promoted to First Secretary in 1931, and returned to Berlin in 1933, where he retired from diplomatic service. From 1933, he worked as a banker for the Jewish Bank A. E. Wassermann, which the Nazi regime perceived as a provocation.
He travelled abroad on numerous occasions and held close contact to the Solf Circle.
After multiple arrests, he was murdered without a trial in the Lehrter Straße prison in Berlin-Moabit on 23 April 1945.
Exhibition honouring diplomats who tried to save lives during Holocaust opens in Berlin
On 29 January 2018, on the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day, Federal Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Ambassador of the State of Israel Jeremy Issacharoff opened the exhibition “Beyond Duty” at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
On display until 26 February 2018, it honours courageous diplomats from various nations trying to save what lives they could during the Holocaust, including German Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz and British Captain Francis (Frank) Foley.