Hans Thomsen
Historical Figure
Nationality: Germany
Date of Birth: 1891
Date of Death: 1968
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Diplomat
Political Party: NSDAP
Turtledove Appearances:
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): In the Balance
Type of Appearance: Direct
Occupation: Diplomat
Hans Thomsen (14 September 1891 - 31 October 1968) was a German diplomat for the Third Reich. He served as Chargé d'Affaires at the Embassy of Germany in Washington, DC representing the German government from November 1938 (after the recall of ambassador Hans-Heinrich Dieckhoff) to 11 December 1941 (termination of relations after declaration of war).

Hans Thomsen in WorldwarEdit

Hans Thomsen, along with other diplomats and officials representing the various Axis countries, had been interred by the United States government in December 1941 at the Greenbriar Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. He had been sent back to Germany via submarine in an exchange for U.S. diplomats. However, with the arrival of the Race's Conquest Fleet, the warring countries of Earth united in common cause. Thomsen returned to the U.S. on a small tugboat. Ironically, he was again housed at the Greenbriar Hotel, under more hospitable circumstances than his last visit.[1]

University of Chicago physicist Jens Larssen was placed in the hotel on his trip to secure government protection for the Univeristy's Metallurgical Laboratory. Thomsen's room was across the hall from his.[2]

Thomsen traded politely phrased but nonetheless sharp barbs with Soviet Foreign Minister Vyachelsav Molotov in the dining area. After being politely reminded by Molotov of Germany's unprovoked aggression against the Soviet Union, Thomsen just as politely reminded Molotov of the Soviet Union's unprovoked aggression against Finland. To the relief of all present, the discussion did not escalate.[3]


  1. In the Balance, pg. 160.
  2. Ibid., pg. 161.
  3. Ibid., pgs. 171-172.