(1888 - 1945)
Hans Oster, the son of a Protestant clergyman, was
born in Dresden, Germany on August 9, 1904. He joined the German Army and during the First World
War won several decorations for bravery.
Oster remained in the army until being dismissed after
an affair with a fellow-officer's wife. He was immediately recruited
by Franz Halder to join Abwehr under General Bredow.
After the murder of Bredow during the Night
of the Long Knives Oster became a strong opponent of Adolf
Oster joined a small circle of anti-Nazis at Abwehr that included Wilhelm Canaris, Hans Gisevius and Hans
Dohnanyi. Oster was able to send important information about Hitler's
intentions to foreign governments. However, his warnings about Czechoslovakia
and Poland were ignored.
In April 1943, Hans
Dohnanyi was arrested and Oster was suspended from duty. After the July Plot, he was arrested
by the Gestapo and interrogated.Hans
Oster was taken to Flossenburg
Concentration Camp and was executed on April 9, 1945.