Gerdy Troost

Adolf Hitler, Gerdy Troost, Adolf Ziegler, and Joseph Goebbels on a tour of the Haus der Deutschen Kunst, 5 May 1937

Gerdy Troost, full name Gerhardine Troost née Andresen (3 March 1904 in Stuttgart 30 January 2003 in Bad Reichenhall) was a German architect and the wife of Paul Ludwig Troost.[1]

Life and work

Troost was the daughter of an art dealer. After completing her education she worked in her father's business, where she met Paul Ludwig Troost in 1923. In 1924 the pair moved to Munich and were married there in 1925. Through her husband she became acquainted with Adolf Hitler in 1930 and became a member of the Nazi Party in 1932.[2]

After her husband's death in 1934, Troost ran his architectural business together with his former partner Leonhard Gall. She supervised the construction of the Haus der Kunst, the remodeling of the Königsplatz, and the construction of the Ehrentempels.

She remained an architectural adviser to Hitler's circle up to the end of the war. In 1943 she received from Hitler an endowment of 100,000 Reichsmarks.[3]

During denazification she was classified as "less responsible" (Minderbelastete) by the Hauptspruchkammer and sentenced to a fine of 500 DM and a 10-year Berufsverbot. At the end of the period Troost resumed work and resided in Schützing (Haiming) in Upper Bavaria.

Gerdy Troost remained a friend and confidante of Winifred Wagner after 1945.[4]


  1. Hermann Weiß (Ed.): Biographisches Lexikon zum „Dritten Reich“. Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2002, ISBN 3-596-13086-7 (Fischer 13086 Die Zeit des Nationalsozialismus).
  2. Gertraud Junge, Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary, Arcade Publishing, 2003, p. 204
  3. Gerd R. Ueberschär, Winfried Vogel: Dienen und Verdienen. Hitlers Geschenke an seine Eliten. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 1999, ISBN 3-10-086002-0.
  4. Ernst Klee: Das Kulturlexikon zum Dritten Reich. Wer war was vor und nach 1945. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2007, ISBN 978-3-10-039326-5, p. 620.

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