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Anton Graff. Gräfin Medem geboren von Kleist, 1796


Heinrich von Kleist. Suicide pact with terminally ill lover.

It was called “The July 20 Plot,” because it was set for July 20, 1944. Led by a small group of disgruntled German officers unhappy with the direction the war was taking, the plan was to kill Hitler, take over the military, and sue for peace. Lt. Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, the last member of the conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler, died on March 8, 2013 at the age of 90.


Prussia; 20th Infantry Regiment, Musketeer, c.1750 by Adolph Menzel

Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist (8 August 1881 – 13 November 1954) was a leading German field marshal during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.


Heinrich von Kleist Bernd Heinrich Wilhelm von Kleist (* 18. Oktober, nach Kleists eigenen Angaben 10. Oktober 1777 in Frankfurt (Oder); † 21. November 1811 am Stolper Loch, heute Kleiner Wannsee (Berlin))– Wikipedia


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Ewald von Kleist-Schmenzin (22 March 1890 – 9 April 1945) was a lawyer, a conservative politician, long time opponent of Nazism and a member of the July 20 Plot to assassinate Hitler, for which he was executed. Conspired with Admiral Canaris and Colonel-General Ludwig Beck to capture and eliminate Hitler and the entire Nazi party before the invasion of Czechoslovakia. Via GB intelligence contacts, Kleist-Schmenzin tried to usher stronger British opposition to Hitler circa 38

Heinrich von Kleist (October 18, 1777 – November 21, 1811)

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