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Eugen Ott
Eugen Ott as Oberstleutnant (circa 1933)
Born(1889-04-08)8 April 1889
Rottenburg, Württemberg, German Empire
Died23 January 1977(1977-01-23) (aged 87)
Tutzing, Upper Bavaria, West Germany
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Years of service1907–51
  • World War I
  • World War II
RelationsHelma Bodewig (wife); 2 children

Eugen Ott (8 April 1889 – 22 January 1977) was the German ambassador to Japan during the early years of World War II who was notably deceived and compromised by Soviet spy Richard Sorge.

Early career

During World War I, Ott served with distinction on the Eastern Front as an officer with the 26th (Württemberg) Infantry Division. His commander was General Wilhelm von Urach, who was elected king of Lithuania in 1918 as Mindaugas II of Lithuania.

Before Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany (1933), Ott had been the adjutant of General Kurt von Schleicher.

In Japan

In 1934, he was sent to Tokyo as military attaché at the German embassy.

In early September 1940, Heinrich Georg Stahmer arrived in Tokyo to assist Ott in negotiating the Tripartite Pact with Japan. Stahmer later replaced Ott as ambassador when Richard Sorge, who had been working for Ott in Japan as an agent for the Abwehr, was unmasked as a Soviet spy in Japan in late 1941.

Prange suggests in his analysis of Sorge that Sorge was so entirely trusted by Ott that he was allowed access to top secret cables from Berlin in the embassy. That trust was the main foundation for Sorge's success as a Red Army spy.

Later career

Ott left Tokyo and went to Peking, China, for the rest of the war.

See also


Diplomatic posts Preceded byHerbert von Dirksen German Ambassador to Japan 1938-1942 Succeeded byHeinrich Georg Stahmer