Maria von Maltzan

even mem­bers of the no­bil­ity did their bit in the re­sis­tance against hitler

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Count­ess Maria von Maltzan was al­ways one to go against the grain. In a time when cer­tain things were ex­pected of women, she stud­ied vet­eri­nary science and got her doc­tor­ate in nat­u­ral sciences in 1928. That wasn’t when she would stop break­ing down bound­aries.

As early as 1933 von Maltzan was part of the Ger­man re­sis­tance and when she re­alised the true ex­tent of Hitler’s anti-semitic poli­cies, she knew what she had to do. When­ever she re­ceived a call for help, she opened her home to the per­se­cuted, feed­ing and pro­tect­ing them with the Ger­man au­thor­i­ties none the wiser. As time went on she got more bold, se­cur­ing fake visas so that Jews could es­cape the coun­try and even driv­ing them out of Ber­lin her­self. She even cre­ated a spe­cial hid­ing place in­side her sofa for Hans Hirschel, a Jewish au­thor.

Maria and Hans even­tu­ally had a child to­gether, but af­ter the baby was placed in an in­cu­ba­tor in the hospi­tal, the build­ing was bombed. Maria was dev­as­tated but she did have chil­dren – she would come to adopt two girls from a chil­dren’s camp.

“i pre­fer to be in a tough sit­u­a­tion than to go to bed with a bad con­science”

life: 1909-97 Fate: sur­vived

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