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Moltke, Helmut James, Graf von

(1907—1945)


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(b. 11 Mar. 1907, d. 23 Jan. 1945).

German resistance leader The great-nephew of the famous Prussian General Helmuth Count von Moltke (b. 26 Oct. 1800, d. 24 Apr. 1891), he served as a legal expert in international law at the Supreme Command of the Armed Forces. He founded the Kreisauer Kreis (Kreisau Circle), a resistance group which met at his Kreisau estate and which looked forward to a moral and political regeneration after Hitler on the basis of Christian-conservative principles. It was discovered in January 1944, when Moltke was imprisoned and sentenced to death in the wake of the July Plot.

Subjects: Literature — Contemporary History (Post 1945).


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