Murder Of Albrecht Haushofer

Posted: July 27, 2010 in World War 2

The Murder of Albrecht Haushofer & 13 Other Political Prisoners

During the last night of Nazi rule, fourteen inmates of Lehrterstrasse St. Prison in Berlin were fetched from their cells & told that they were being released, subject to confirmation by Prinz Albrecht Strasse (Gestapo H.Q.) When the fourteen passed the prison gate, they were joined by an equal number of guards in black uniform. The prisoners had barely taken a few steps into the spring night – hearing the liberators’ gunfire at close quarters – before they were all felled by shots in the neck. When the dead were discovered, one of them was still clasping a bundle of poems in his hand. He was Albrecht Haus-hofer. The man who lifted him up was his own brother, just released from prison himself. The verses he took from the dead man’s hand bore the title Moabiter Sonette (Sonnets From Moabit Prison).

From R. Hilderbrandt’s epilogue to the sonnets, Berlin 1946

XXII Comrades

When into reveries I dully sank,
I saw the heroes’ host file in,
Yorck, Moltke, Schulenberg, Schwerin,
‘side Hassel, Popitz, Helfferich & Planck

Not one who quivered like a reed,
not one who, ruling in his tower,
with glorious strength, did in the fatal hour,
forget his people or their need.

Those borne away nourish our hope,
all men of noble rank and fame,
who paced these cells, yet felt no shame-

& so they waited for the rope.
Times are when madness rules the land.
Then noblest heads roll in the sand.

By Albrecht Haushofer, April 23rd, 1945

  1. Ada Agada says:

    Haushofer’s story is truly tragic. I first read about him and the prison poems in a book on the 2nd World War. It is sad Germany lost such a fine intellect. Yet there were other victims! Anytime I remember that Europe was enmeshed in barbarity just seventy years ago I tell myself Africa too will emerge out of its current barbarity someday. May we continue to remember Albrecht Haushofer.

  2. Omg. *dies* What I just said on the other entry x10.

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