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Recalling the life and struggle of Hans von Dohnanyi

A self-portrait of his father, Hans, sketched in a German prison in 1943, two years before he was executed.

The next day, Hans’s co-conspirators, fellow members of the German resistance, disguised the explosives to look like two bottles of Cointreau and arranged for them to be placed on Hitler’s private plane, set to explode 30 minutes after takeoff. The implications of their plot’s potential success boggle the mind today.

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