Forgotten History: German Resistance Fighters Against The Nazis

Sometimes we forget that not every German citizen subscribed to Hitler’s point of view or were associated with the Nazi party, in fact, a lot of Germans were war victims like anyone else around the globe at that time.It is said that more than 70,000 Germans were executed because of their involvement in the resistance movement

When I refer to the German resistance I do not mean the Army personnel that had tried on several occasions to eliminate Adolf Hitler. Because at one point or another they had willingly participated in the Nazi regime.I believe they wanted to kill Hitler not per se for his ideologies, but because he was bringing the country to the brink of oblivion, with his bizarre policies.

I am referring to the ‘ordinary’ citizens. They were the real German resistance.

The term German resistance should not be understood as meaning that there was a united resistance movement in Germany at any time during the Nazi period, analogous to the more coordinated Polish Underground State, Greek Resistance, Yugoslav Partisans, French Resistance, and Italian Resistance. The German resistance consisted of small and usually isolated groups. They were unable to mobilize mass political opposition to the Nazi regime.

Here are some of the brave German resistance heroes.

Dirk De Klein

Dirk De Klein is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE