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Last Surviving "Nazi" Who Tried To Kill Hitler Dies
- 03/18/2013 06:21 PM EDT
The last surviving man who conspired to kill Hitler is dead.
Ewald Heinrich Von Kleist was the only remaining member of the group that tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944, the story that inspired the movie “Valkyrie.”
Von Kleist came from an aristocratic anti-Nazi family but enlisted in the army, where he was recruited for a suicide mission to blow up Hitler.
Claus Von Stauffenberg, the mastermind of the plot, asked Von Kleist to wear a suicide vest underneath a new Nazi uniform he had been asked to model for Hitler.
Von Kleist said yes but Hitler canceled the meeting. Months later Von Stauffenberg recruited Von Kleist again. This time they were going to bring a briefcase full of explosives to a meeting with Hitler.
The briefcase was moved by someone in the room at the last minute and it minimized the blast. Hitler survived. Von Stauffenberg, Von Kleist’s father, and dozens of others were shot to death and hung with piano wire.
Von Kleist was arrested, grilled by the Gestapo, and sent to a concentration camp but then somehow let go and went back into the army.
He died at home in Munich at age 90.