This week in the War, 26 Feb–4 March 1945: Without goodness or grace

Memorial to Ernst von Harnack at the von Harnack family grave site in Berlin [Author: Axel Mauruszat, Creative Commons Share Alike 4.0 International]

This week in the war saw the execution in Plötzensee Prison of the German Social Democrat politician Ernst von Harnack.

In 1933, von Harnack had voiced his opposition to the new Hitler-led government, describing it as ‘without goodness or grace.’ [Quoted by Martin Gilbert in his book Second World War (Stoddart, 1989)].

Like many that were executed by the Nazis in the final months of the war, von Harnack was accused of involvement in the 20 July bomb plot against Hitler.

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