Bookstore Glossary Library Links News Publications Timeline Virtual Israel Experience
Anti-Semitism Biography History Holocaust Israel Israel Education Myths & Facts Politics Religion Travel US & Israel Vital Stats Women
donate subscribe Contact About Home

Fritz-Dietlof von der Schulenburg

(1902 - 1944)

Fritz-Dietlof von der Schulenburg acted as a bridge to all circles within the conspiracy to assassinate Hitler.

In 1932, he joined the Nazi Party.

In 1937 Schulenberg became Vice-President of the Berlin Police Force.

In 1938, he joined the conspiracy and supported the first coup attempt in September.

During the winter of 1938-39, he worked closely with Claus von Staffenberg's uncle, Count Ukxull, planning another coup attempt.

In 1939, he became Comissioner for Upper and Lower Silesia. The following year he was deemed politically unreliable and expelled from the Nazi Party. He subsequently joined the Kreisau Circle.

Schulenburg helped General Ludwig Beck, and professors Johannes Popitz and Jens Jessen draft the "Basic Law of the State." He made contact with Dr. Carl Goerdeler, worked closely with Colonel Henning von Tresckow, and recruited Claus von Stauffenberg into the conspiracy. He acted as liaison between Stauffenberg and leading social democrat Julius Leber, between the army conspirators and the Kreisau Circle, and maintained contact with the Paris conspirators through Colonel Caesar von Hofacker.

He also worked closely with his superior, Berlin Police President Count Heinrich von Helldorf, helping to plan a number of coup attempts from 1938 to 1944.

On July 20, 1944, Schulenburg participated in Colonel von Stauffenberg's uprising and was later arrested.

On August 10, 1944, Schulenburg was tried by the People's Court. He refused to divulge any names from the secret list he had drawn up of men assigned to serve in the new government.

Sources: Joric Center