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Paul von Hatzfeldt

Paul von Hatzfeld zu Trachenberg
1885, Holzstich

Melchior Hubert Paul Gustav Graf von Hatzfeldt zu Trachenberg (8 October 1831 – 22 November 1901) was a German diplomat. Count Hatzfeldt served as Ambassador to Constantinople from 1878 to 1881, as Foreign Secretary and head of the Foreign Office from 1881 to 1885, and as Ambassador to London from 1885 to 1901. He was once described by Otto von Bismarck as "das beste Pferd im diplomatischen Stall" – the best horse in the diplomatic stable.[1]

A member of the House of Hatzfeld, he was born in Düsseldorf, the son of Sophie von Hatzfeldt, and died in London.



  • Hermann von Eckardstein. Lebenserinnerungen u. Politische Denkwürdigkeiten. Leipzig: Verlag Paul List, 1919.
  • Vera Niehus: Ein »ambassadeur idéal«, jedoch »den Anstrengungen des ministeriellen Dienstes nicht gewachsen«: Paul von Hatzfeldt als außenpolitischer Mitarbeiter Bismarcks. In: Lothar Gall, Ulrich Lappenküper (Hrsg.): Bismarcks Mitarbeiter. Schöningh, Paderborn 2009, ISBN 978-3-506-76591-8.
  • Franz-Eugen Volz: Paul Graf von Hatzfeldt-Wildenburg. In: Lebensbilder aus dem Kreis Altenkirchen. Altenkirchen, 1975.


  1. ^ Hermann von Eckardstein, Lebenserinnerungen u. Politische Denkwürdigkeiten (Leipzig: Verlag Paul List, 1919), 174.
  2. ^ "Count Hatzfeldt" The Times (London). Wednesday, 13 November 1901. (36611), p. 5.

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