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Ministry The resistance group “Rote Kapelle”

The former Reich Aviation Ministry was responsible for sending the German Luftwaffe into the Second World War, but it was also home to resistance to the Third Reich. Harro Schulze-Boysen, who worked at the ministry, was one of the leaders of the “Rote Kapelle” (“Red Orchestra”) resistance group, which was pursued for many years by the Nazis. During the 1930s he was at the centre of a network of opponents of the Nazi regime. When the Nazis succeeded in identifying the dissidents in 1942, over 50 members of the Schulze-Boysen/Harnack group were sentenced to death – and executed.

Source: Federal Ministry of Finance