Military Officer, Deceased Person
1919 – 2003
Who was Eberhard Blum?
Eberhard Blum, born in Kiel, was the fourth head of the German Federal Intelligence Bureau. He served for the Wehrmacht on the Eastern front during World War II, last in the position of a Rittmeister. After the war he finished his university studies in law and state science and in 1947 joined the Gehlen Organization, the precursor of the BND. He became personal consultant to Reinhard Gehlen under the codename HARTWIG.
After the period in London he returned to Pullach as head of Department IV Administration, a position he kept until 1970 when major disputes with the then BND president Gerhard Wessel arose and he was transferred as resident spy to Washington where he remained until 1982.
Blum died on July 9 in Stuttgart.
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