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Adam von Trott zu Solz with his Wife Clarita (1944)
The jurist and diplomat Adam von Trott zu Solz (1909-1944) was employed as an official in the foreign ministry starting in 1940. He used his post to try to secure Allied support for the German opposition movement that had developed around Hans Oster in the Wehrmacht’s Office of Military Intelligence. His efforts were ultimately fruitless. Additionally, Solz also participated in the Kreisau Circle’s discussions on the governmental and social reconstruction of Germany after the hoped-for fall of the Nazi regime. He was arrested in the course of the investigation into the July 20, 1944, attempt to assassinate Hitler, sentenced to death by the People's Court, and hanged on August 26 of the same year.