DR. CARL GOERDELER (1884–1945)

A conservative German politician, executive, economist, Mayor of Leipzig and opponent of the Nazi regime. Had the July, 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler succeeded, Goerdeler would have served as the Chancellor of the new government. For his participation in the conspiracy, he was executed by hanging. While awaiting his death sentence, Goerdeler wrote a farewell letter, which ended with: “I ask the world to accept our martyrdom as penance for the German people.”

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