Troost-Andresen, Sophie Gerhardine Wilhelmine “Gerdy”, born 03-03-1904 in Stuttgart, Her parents were the furniture manufacturer Johannes Adolf Gerhard (born 1877) and Maria Luise Andresen, born Müller. The family was Protestant. Brother Friedel, born in 1909, was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1935. Gerdy Troost spent her school days in Düsseldorf, where she attended high school for girls from 1910 to 1920. Subsequently, she moved to Bremen, where she worked in the parental furnishing company, the Deutsche Holzkunstwerkstätten, in an unknown function. Here she met the architect Paul Ludwig Troost , 26 years his senior, in 1923, who had ship furnishings installed for the North German Lloyd at the wood art workshops. Gerdy moved to Munich in 1924, and the couple married the following year. From then on she worked in her husband’s studio, discussed his design ideas with him and accompanied him on business trips. After her husband received orders from (see Hitler parents)
Adolf Hitler (did you know) who visited their studio often. Gerdy Troost so met the party leader personally and was immediately taken with his “brilliant personality”. In August 1932, she joined the NSDAP Nr 1.274.722, as a fervent follower of Hitler, whom she was to remain for the rest of her life. She continued to enjoy Hitler’s patronage as an art expert. Gerdy Troost served as interior decorator for Hitler’s apartment in Munich, as well as his Berghof residence on the Obersalzberg
near Berchtesgaden. She often accompanied Hitler for the grand German art exhibitions in Munich. She compiled a two-volume work on German architecture “Das Bauen in neuen Reich.”
1937 she was named a professor by Hitler.
Gerda Troost ran his architectural and design business together with his former partner, Professor Leonhard Gall, her on the left and in the middle.
. She supervised the construction of the Haus der Kunst, the remodeling of the Königsplatz, and the construction of the Ehrentempels. She remained an architectural and design adviser to Hitler’s circle up to the end of the war. In 1943, she received from Hitler an endowment of 100,000 Reichsmarks. Troost was one of few people who actively disagreed with Hitler without fear of being fired or arrested. Hitler listened to Troost about art and architecture. 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, a town on the Chiemsee in Upper Bavaria. Gerdy Troost remained a friend and confidante of Winifred Wagner after 1945. Leonard Gall died age 67 on 20-01-1952.
Death and burial ground of Troost-Andresen, Gerdy.
Gerdy Troost Andresen died old age 98, on 30-01-2003 and is buried with Paul Troost
on the North cemetery of Munich. The Eagle is disappeared from the gravestone. Adolf Hitler visited the grave on time. Close to the grave of the Nazi photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann
, Hitler’s photographer, his daughter Henriette “Henny” von Schirach Hoffmann and Baldur von Schirach, Dr. Gustav von Kahr President of the Bavarian court in 1923 during the Putz and some further the youngest secretary of Hitler, Traudl Junge -Humps and Hans, the General der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftwaffe Hongaria, Kuno Fütterer, Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven and Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Commander of the POW in Wehrkreis IV, Erich von Botzheim, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Commander of the Reichs Institute for Military Air Protection of the Luftwaffe, Wilhelm von Stubenrauch, Hitler’s driver and founder of the SS Oberführer, Emil Maurice, Hitler’s doctor SS Obersturmführer, Dr. Ludwig Stumpfegger and Generaloberst der Gebirgstruppe, Kommandeur der 3th Gebirgs Division
Eduard Dietl, he crashed with several other Generals short after visiting Hitler’s Wolfschanze. Two soldiers of the 3th Gebirgs Division , Matthäus Hetzenauer
an Austrian sniper was credited with 345 kills. On multiple occasions he served with fellow sniper Josef Allerberger . They were able to inflict heavy casualties on Soviet infantry. Hetzenauer was captured by Soviet troops the following month, and served 5 years in routinely appalling conditions in a Soviet prison camp. He died on 03-10-2004, age 79 in Brixen im Thale, after several years of deteriorating health. Allerberger died old age 85, on 01-03-2010 in Wals Siezenheim, Austria.