Karl Ernst Rahtgens (27 August 1908 – 30 August 1944). was a German officer in the Wehrmacht during World War II, and an active resistance fighter against the Nazi régime. His uncle was Field Marshal Günther von Kluge. Rahtgens, who held the rank of oberstleutnant, was arrested in Belgrade for his involvement in the 20 July plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. He was sentenced to death on 30 August 1944 by the Volksgerichtshof and was hanged later the same day at Plötzensee Prison in Berlin.

Karl Ernst Rahtgens August 1908 – 30 August was a German officer in…

Werner Seelenbinder - Seelenbinder's illegal activities as a courier and his participation in the Uhrig Group had caught their attention: he was arrested, along with 65 other members of the group, on 4 February 1942 and after being tortured for eight days, and enduring nine camps and prisons for two and half years, he was sentenced to death by the Volksgerichtshof, he was executed for treason on 24 October 1944 at Brandenburg-Görden Prison – he was beheaded with an axe. The imprisonment left…

Werner Seelenbinder - Seelenbinder's illegal activities as a courier and his participation in the Uhrig Group had caught their attention: he was arrested, along with 65 other members of the group, on 4 February 1942 and after being tortured for eight days, and enduring nine camps and prisons for two and half years, he was sentenced to death by the Volksgerichtshof, he was executed for treason on 24 October 1944 at Brandenburg-Görden Prison – he was beheaded with an axe. The imprisonment left…

On 7 August 1944, Witzleben was in the first group of accused conspirators to be brought before the Volksgerichtshof, where Witzleben was sentenced to death for his part in the plot against Hitler. Witzleben was put to death that same day at Plötzensee Prison in Berlin. By Hitler's positive orders, he was strangled with piano wire which had been wound around a meat hook, and the execution was filmed.   The footage has since been lost.

Brave German nationalist and anti Nazi - Field Marshal Erwin von Witzleben on trial for his part in the failed July 1944 plot against Hitler

10 WWII Heroes: Helmuth Hübener - At just 17 years old, Helmuth realized the Nazi lies and began making anti-Nazi pamphlets...

10 WWII Heroes: Helmuth Hübener 4/10

10 WWII Heroes: Helmuth Hübener - At just 17 years old, Helmuth realized the Nazi lies and began making anti-Nazi pamphlets.

The White Rose. <- <3

Three members of the German student resistance group "Die Weisse Rose".

Volksgerichtshof -

Reich Minister of Justice Franz Gürtner Opens the First Session of the People’s Court (July

Chief Judge of the People's Court Roland Freisler. killed during bombing raid on Berlin 1945

February Sophie Scholl beheaded in Munich The People’s Court Judge Roland Freisler, sometimes known as ‘Raving Roland’ for his hysterical outbursts in court. He sentenced over people to death in the last three years of the war.

Helmuth Hübener (8 January 1925 - 27 October 1942) was one of the youngest opponents to the Third Reich to be sentenced to death and executed. He lived in Hamburg, Germany, and joined the Hitler Youth but after Kristallnacht he started questioning the Nazi party, and left. He started making anti-Nazi pamphlets. On the 5 February 1942 he was arrested by Gestapo, sentenced to death on 11 August and beheaded by guillotine on 27 October.

Rudi Wobbe, Helmuth Hubener, Karl-Heinz Schnibbe (also known as the Hubener trio, a Nazi resistance group in Hamburg, Germany) thos boys who dared!

Helmuth Stieff (6 June 1901 – 8 August 1944) was a German general and a member of the OKH (German Army Headquarters) during World War II. He took part in attempts by the German resistance to assassinate Adolf Hitler, on 7 July and on 20 July 1944.

Helmuth Stieff June 1901 – 8 August was a German general and a member of the OKH (German Army Headquarters) during World War II. He took part in attempts by the German resistance to assassinate Adolf Hitler, on 7 July and on 20 July Valkyrie.

Christoph Probst ( 6 November 1919, Murnau am Staffelsee – 22 February 1943, Munich) was a student of medicine and a member of the Weiße Rose resistance group. On 22 February 1943, Christoph Probst and the Scholls were tried and sentenced together at the Volksgerichtshof by judge Roland Freisler. All three were sentenced to death by guillotine. Their sentences were carried out on the very same day at Stadelheim Prison in Munich.

Weiße Rose: Mitglieder

"LONG LIVE FREEDOM" the last words of Hans Scholl leader of The White Rose, German anti-Hitler resistance movement. His last words from the guillotine before sentence of death for high treason-executed February

Berthold Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (1905-1944) was a German aristocrat and lawyer who was a key conspirator in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler on July 20, 1944 alongside his younger brother, Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg. In this image, he is seen during his show trial in the Volksgerichtshof on August 10, 1944. He was found guilty and executed later that same day.

Berthold Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg is tried in the Volksgerichtshof for his part in the failed 20 July 1944 conspiracy against Hitler. (NOTE: Has anyone thought of the retributions of his parents losing two sons each having high ideals against Hitler?

Sister Maria Restituta was a nun and a nurse.  She refused to take down crucifixes, due to the effects of Anschluss. This and two of her writings that were critical of the régime would lead to her doom. She was denounced by a doctor who supported the Nazis, and she was arrested by the Gestapo right after coming out of the operating theatre. On 29 October 1942 she was sentenced to death by the guillotine by the Volksgerichtshof for "favouring the enemy and conspiracy to commit high treason".

Maria Restituta, Roman Catholic Nun and Martyr; was arrested by the Gestapo…

Helmuth  Hübener, was one of the youngest opponents of the Third Reich to be sentenced to death by the Volksgerichtshof and executed.

Helmuth Hübener, was one of the youngest opponents of the Third Reich to be sentenced to death by the Volksgerichtshof and executed.

Günther Smend collaborated with the military opposition and particularly shared the conspirators’ concern that the war would inevitably end in defeat because of Hitler’s incompetence. After the unsuccessful assassination attempt of July 20, 1944, Günther Smend was arrested on August 1, 1944. He was sentenced to death as an accomplice by the People’s Court on August 30, 1944 and murdered on September 8, 1944 in Berlin-Plötzensee.

Günther Smend collaborated with the military opposition and particularly shared…

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