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Interview with the Last July 20 Plotter

Der Speigel speaks with 88-year-old Ewald von Kleist

Ewald von Kleist is the last surviving member of the circle of Wehrmacht officers who participated in the July 20, 1944 plot to kill Hitler and overthrow the Nazi state. Der Spiegel has translated its interview with him into English, and all four pages feature interesting insights from this brave old man.

And if you read German (I don’t), you might be interested in this article on China & Carl Schmitt.

This post was published on Sunday, March 6th, 2011 9:12 pm. It has been categorised under Germany Military and been tagged under , .
7 Mar 2011 8:34 am

The article on China & Carl Schmitt is largely based on an English article at the New Republic:

B T Van Nostrand
9 Mar 2011 12:29 pm

I have to say that I am getting tired of the cult of the failed plotters of the 20th of July.
Once can respect their motives without being impressed by their competence.
I find someone like Kleist’s cousin, a Panzer general and field marshal from 1943, both more interesting and at least as worthy of respect. He died in a Russian prison camp in 1954, condemned to life imprisonment by the detestable Soviets for having been too friendly and generous with the peoples under his care!

Polly Cavallini
26 Apr 2011 10:08 pm

Nice article, the magazine where this comes from is called “Der SPIEGEL” and not “Der SPEIGEL” .

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