Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, last surviving member of anti-Hitler plot, dies at 90

Published March 12, 2013

| Associated Press

Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, the last surviving member of the main plot to kill Adolf Hitler has died. He was 90.

Von Kleist's wife, Gundula von Kleist, told The Associated Press that her husband passed away at home on March 8.

As a young German army lieutenant, von Kleist was asked by the leader of the July 20, 1944 assassination attempt, Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, to carry a briefcase packed with explosives to a planned meeting with the Fuehrer. In a change of plans, von Stauffenberg himself placed the bomb but Hitler survived the explosion.

In the wake of the attack, von Kleist was arrested and interrogated for several weeks by the Gestapo before being unexpectedly released while most other conspirators were executed, including his own father.

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