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Heinrich Ahasverus von Lehndorff-Steinort

German: HEINRICH Ahasverus Graf von Lehndorff-Steinort
Also Known As: "HHeinrich Manfred Ahasverus Adolf George von Lehndorff", "Adolf George von Lehndorff"
Birthplace: Hannover, Kgr. Preußen, Provinz Hannover, Deutschland, DR
Death: Died in Berlin-Plötzensee, Berlin, Deutschland, DR
Cause of death: Hanged by the nazis for his part in the Valkyrie complot
Immediate Family:

Son of Manfred Wilhelm Heinrich Ahasverus Bernd von Lehndorff and Harriet* Sabine von Einsiedel
Husband of Gottliebe Marianne Alexandrine Nancy von Kalnein
Father of <private> von Lehndorff; <private> von Lehndorff; <private> von Lehndorff and <private> von Lehndorff
Brother of Karin "Sissi" von Lehndorff and Ahasverus* Otto von Lehndorff

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About Heinrich Ahasverus von Lehndorff-Steinort

Heinrich Graf von Lehndorff-Steinort, Verushka's father, was a German count and army reserve officer who became a key member of the German Resistance.

Steinort was executed for attempting to assassinate Adolf Hitler in the July 20 Plot.


After his death, the remaining family members spent their times in labor camps until the end of World War II. Veruschka, the young beauty, moved to New York at the age of 25 to escape a childhood lost to the horrors of Nazi Germany.


(Farewell letter from Heinrich Graf von Lehndorff - Translated into English via Google translate)

The resistance fighter said on the eve of his execution with his hands tied by the following lines:

My most beloved in the world! This will probably be the last letter that you get to this world from me. Although my thoughts of our separation day and night up and circuits since my heart could fill volumes, but I find it hard to write this letter.

I'm afraid your poor heart is tested only with imposing a new burden. Nevertheless - you angel - you should know everything and how I spent the last few weeks, what I thought and felt. I have determined to set down what I have experienced, many things before all a lot worse, as it is when things have become fact and accepted, it is not an evasion.

God has blessed me and I am lucky to have such a nature, and especially the help of God, to which I always asked him and he has given in measure I have a rich, loads in a manner to leave all me, as I previously never thought was possible it would have. It takes a complete transformation, with all previous life gradually sink and thoroughly apply the new conditions.

You have it quite well, even your little pleasures and I have also had moments where I was really happy. The events are only just become very different. A kind word from a compassionate people to read the permit and to smoke, occasionally showing a few steps to a hearing on a sunny yard to do the little things and those sorts of things, enjoying a very well as they used a large company or a happy event .

Since I usually hunger was something I was excited about a piece of dry bread or a thin soup just as earlier on a big hunt dinner. And it tastes just as then.

My Beloved - I describe to you so in detail, so you do not think your Heini had the 6 weeks of despair close to the cell wall or be stared at like a trapped animal in a cage and wandered off to. So you allowed to you please do not imagine this time.

Of course, my only, it has also been very bitter and sad hours, where the thoughts then went their separate ways and I had to summon all the power, so as not to give in and keep the attitude. I believe it but managed to have. And those hours were not wasted and certainly necessary to take me there where I am today.

I could not explain this situation better than the word from the Bible: "Be not afraid, only believe."




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Heinrich Ahasverus von Lehndorff-Steinort's Timeline

June 22, 1909
Hannover, Kgr. Preußen, Provinz Hannover, Deutschland, DR
September 4, 1944
Age 35
Berlin-Plötzensee, Berlin, Deutschland, DR