Memories of Kreisau

The Boston Globe has a very positive review of Memories of Kreisau and the German Resistance, and the article whetted my appetite.

By 1940, [Freya von Moltke’s husband, Helmut von Moltke] had begun to organize secret meetings with other prominent Germans to discuss the future of the nation after the end of the war and the collapse of the Third Reich, which they viewed as inevitable. This was high treason, and very dangerous. Three of the major meetings took place during weekends on the farm in Kreisau, where Freya served as hostess.
Members of the group were also involved in the attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler in July 1944. Helmuth James, in prison on another charge, was not a direct participant. Nevertheless, in January 1945, he was executed for his role. The Gestapo dubbed his cadre of resisters the “Kreisau Circle.” Of the 21 members listed in the book, seven were executed.

I’ll have to add this to my reading list.

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