Hanns Elard Ludin (10 June 1905, in
Freiburg – 9 December 1947, in
Bratislava) was a German diplomat.
Freiburg to Friedrich and Johanna Ludin, Ludin began his Nazi
affiliation in 1930 by joining the party, and was arrested for his
political activities the same year. Imprisoned until 1931, he joined
the SA on his release.
Ludin was lucky to survive the "Night of the Long Knives" in 1934 when
Hitler purged much of the left-wing of the Nazi party. Ludin restored
his reputation by joining the Foreign Office and became Ambassador to
the Slovak Republic in 1941, replacing Manfred von Killinger.
Ludin's activities included convincing the Slovak government to comply
with deportations for slave labor and providing diplomatic cover to
such activities. In 1943, he was promoted to SA-Obergruppenführer.
Ludin was arrested after the war and extradited to Czechoslovakia,
where he was tried with
Hermann Höfle (not to
be confused with
SS-Sturmbannführer Hermann Julius Höfle). He was
sentenced to death and was hanged, or rather strangled, on 9 December
1947. It took him twenty minutes to die in the noose.
Married to Erla von Jordan (1905 – 1997), Ludin had six children:
Erika (1933 – 1997), Barbara (born 1935), Ellen (born 1937), Tilman
(1939 – 1999), Malte (born 1942) and Andrea (born 1943).
Hanns Ludin's youngest son, Malte Ludin, filmed a documentary about
the impact of his father's involvement in the
Third Reich on his
family. The film, 2 oder 3 Dinge, die ich von ihm weiß, had its
initial release in 2005. The movie's commercial run in New York City
began on 24 January 2007 at the Film Forum.