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