Klaus Bonhoeffer, the older brother of Dietrich
Bonhoffer, was born Breslau, Germany,
in 1901. He studied as a lawyer and in 1936 was appointed head of the
Lufthansa legal department.
An opponent of Adolf
Hitler Bonhoeffer joined his brother-in-law, Hans
Dohnanyi, Hans Oster and Ludwig Beck in attempting
to overthrow the government in Nazi Germany.
Bonhoeffer was arrested by the Gestapo and charged with being involved in the July
Plot. Sentenced to death on February 2, 1945 but was held in captivity
for more than two months. Klaus Bonhoeffer was shot in Berlin as the
Red Army approached the city on April 23, 1945.