Ewald von Kleist with Japanese officer , 1943 eastern front
Marie von Kleist (1761-1831), was a German courtier. She served as lady-in-waiting to queen Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. She was the close confidante and favorite of the queen, and is also known as the benefactor of Heinrich von Kleist.
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.
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. ...just how ? ... ? Via GB intelligence contacts, Kleist-Schmenzin tried to usher stronger British opposition to Hitler…
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It is etimated that 4,980 Germans were executed after the July Plot. Hitler decided that the leaders should have a slow death. They were hung with piano wire from meat-hooks. Their executions were filmed and later shown to senior members of both the NSDAP and the armed forces. In March 2013, the last surviving member of the plot - Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist-Schmenzin - died in Munich.