hans os­ter

Meet a man who tried to take hitler down from in­side his own gov­ern­ment

All About History - - WORLD WAR II -

Hitler prob­a­bly never ex­pected re­sis­tance against his rule from his head of the Cen­tral De­part­ment of the Counter In­tel­li­gence Of­fice, but Hans Os­ter was to dis­ap­point him. As part of the Ger­man Re­sis­tance, he made sure to be a part of ev­ery at­tempted coup and headed up the un­der­ground or­gan­i­sa­tion’s in­tel­li­gence.

In 1940 Os­ter gave the Nether­lands a heads-up that Ger­many was plan­ning an in­va­sion and no one had any idea – in fact, a year later he was pro­moted to ma­jor gen­eral and made chief of staff of the Of­fice for For­eign Af­fairs/counter In­tel­li­gence of the Armed Forces High Com­mand. But things started to go south for Os­ter in 1943.

Forced to re­sign be­cause of al­leged for­eign cur­rency deal­ings, the Gestapo kept an eye on him and with good rea­son – in the event of Hitler’s death, he was to be­come pre­sid­ing judge of the Re­ich Mil­i­tary Court. Af­ter the failed 20 July plot of 1944, Os­ter was fi­nally ar­rested and Hitler him­self or­dered on 8 April 1945 that his for­mer in­tel­li­gence chief be sent to Flossen­bürg con­cen­tra­tion camp to be killed. He was mur­dered one day af­ter his ar­rival.

“it is both my pur­pose and my duty to lib­er­ate ger­many, and with her the world, from this”

life: 1887-1945 Fate: hanged

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