Hans Hermann Junge was born in Holstein on 11th February, 1914. After leaving school he worked in an office. He joined the Schutzstaffel (SS) in 1933. He became a member of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH), and in 1940 he joined Hitler's household staff as his valet where he served alongside Heinz Linge.
However, as Traudl Humps, Hitler's secretary, pointed out: "To say valet doesn't really cover it - the post was more like that of household manager, travelling companion, butler and maid-of-all-work combined. The valet on duty had to wake Hitler in the morning, that is to say knock at his bedroom door, announce the precise time, and give him the morning news. He also had to decide on the menu for the day, fix mealtimes, pass instructions on to the kitchen, and serve the Führer when he ate. He was in charge of a whole staff of orderlies who looked after Hitler's wardrobe and had to clean the rooms and run the establishment, and he made appointments with the dentist and barber and supervised the care of the dog."
Humps began a relationship with Junge. In her autobiography, To The Last Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary (2002), she pointed out: "By now it was no secret in our close-knit circle that I was on particularly friendly terms with Hans Junge. If I excused myself from a meal it was usually when Linge was on duty, so that Hans Junge and I could take long walks in the mountains together, or go on expeditions to Berchtesgaden or Salzburg. But not only was Julius Schaub as naturally nosy as a washerwoman, he was always on the look-out for subjects of conversation to serve up to the Führer at breakfast. However, while gossip about little love affairs might be very interesting, that wasn't really what the Supreme Commander wanted."
Junge and Humps decided to get married. Humps explained that one of the reasons for their proposed wedding was to persuade Adolf Hitler to give permission for Hans Junge to fight on the front-line: "Hans Junge was a particular favourite of the Führer's, serving him devotedly and with a strong sense of duty. All the same, he was anxious to get further away from Hitler. He was one of the few people to realize that in the long run Hitler's ideas would have such an effect on you that in the end you wouldn't know what you had thought of yourself, and what was due to outside influence. Junge wanted his sense of objectivity back. He had applied several times to go to the front, which was the only way he could give up his job with Hitler. Every time his request was turned down on the grounds that he was indispensable; there were plenty of good soldiers but few trustworthy valets and adjutants."
Hitler agreed that the couple could marry: "Well, I certainly do have bad luck with my staff. First Christian marries Data and takes my best secretary away, then I finally get a really good replacement, and now Traudl Humps is leaving me too and taking my best valet with her into the bargain." Hitler then said to Humps:"But you'll be staying with me for the time being. Junge insists that he wants to go to the front, and while you're on your own you can carry on working for me."
As Junge was a member of the Schutzstaffel (SS), Humps had to fill in some paperwork: "The wedding was fixed for the middle of June 1943. I rebelled only once, when I saw the mountain of forms and questionnaires I must fill in because I was going to marry an SS man. I lost my temper and told my future husband that I'd throw the whole lot in the wastepaper basket if my marriage depended on this kind of thing. Hitler laughed heartily when I read him out some of the questions on the forms. For instance, they asked, 'Is the bride positively addicted to housework?' He himself said that of course all this was nonsense, and he'd have a word with Himmler about it. Anyway, I was spared having to fight a battle on paper, and before I knew it June came and I was Frau Junge. My married bliss lasted four weeks, while we went on honeymoon to Lake Constance, and then my husband joined the army and I moved back to headquarters."