The barn in Gottrupel where Rudolf was discovered and captured by Hanns and his team in 1946.
Geminde Handewitt/Jan Kirschner
The barn in Gottrupel where Rudolf was discovered and captured by Hanns and his team in 1946. Fleeing north, Rudolf first hid at the Sylt Naval Intelligence School, which was soon taken over by Allied forces. Hanns was however able to secure his release by presenting the papers of Franz Lang, a junior seaman, and claiming to be a famer desperate to return to the land. Shortly after applying for a job with the Labour Office, he obtained a position on a local farm. On 5 July 1945, Rudolf arrived in Gottrupel, ten miles west of Flensburg’s city centre and four miles south of the Danish border. A village of some 280 people, Gottrupel was surrounded by flat open fields on one side and a small wood on the other. Rudolf reported to the Hansen Farm situated at the edge of the village. There he was taken to the barn where he would be sleeping: a long, single-storey Danish-style structure with whitewashed stone walls and a tall, pitched slate roof.
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