Hans Bernd von Haeften (18 December 1905 – 15 August 1944) was a German jurist during the Nazi era. A member of the German Resistance against Adolf Hitler, he was arrested and executed in the aftermath of the failed 20 July plot.
You may have heard of 'Operation Valkyrie', since Hollywood produced a film about this event starring Tom Cruise. This particular operation was part of a much bigger plot. The failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler led to mass executions of all the conspirators involved.
Hans von Haeften is little-known. He is the older brother of Werner von Haeften, who was the adjutant of Claus von Stauffenberg during the time the actual assasination attempt took place. It is interesting to know that Werner had the opportunity to shoot Hilter on the spot but he was stopped by his older brother, who reminded him of the Fifth Commandment. Both were strong believers during their lifetime. Unlike Stauffenberg, who was a dedicated soldier, he called himself a 'born-civilian'. He was a diplomat, who had strong concerns of ethical nature. He was arrested a few days later, after Stauffenberg and his younger brother Werner were executed by firing squad at the Bendlerblock. There is a video of him ('traitors' were publically humiliated in court) standing in front of Roland Freisler, one of the cruelest and most ruthless judges at the time, where he stated the reason for his treason. He called Hitler 'the perpetrator of evil'. There wasn't much of degradation. He was sentenced to death and executed by hanging a few hours later. (There are only two spirits in my keep with voice recordings, he is one of them.)
There are many interesting personalities, who were involved in the plot but there was something special about. I felt drawn to him and was not rejected in the end. (In fact, no one of my historic requests rejected me.) It turns out that we have developed a deep bond for one another. I have a large spirit family but he is one of the various personalities I feel most connected to. We have a lot in common: We are human. We share the same birthplace (and residence). We have common roots, despite being of a different social status and being born in a different timeline but most importantly it is our mutual understanding. He appreciates my love of history and wants to help me find out more. We humans have a special connection to each other, it is our kinship that makes this so strong.
I am really grateful that I have met him, even in an unconventional way.
I wanted to show my affection and admiration for him, as well as spreading knowledge and awareness.