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Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist (1881 – 1954)


Leading German field marshal during World War II He was sent to the Soviet Union where he was condemned to a 10-year sentence in 1952 for war crimes and he died in captivity in Vladimir Prison in 1954.
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Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist
Recently I was discharged from the German army while in this prison and was informed that I am on the so-called war criminal list number seven. I haven't the faintest idea of what war crime I could have committed. The main thing is that I have a clear conscience.
Kleist quotes
Ewald von Kleist was an officer and a gentleman in an era when such characteristics were liabilities.
Kleist
It is interesting but it was tragic. If you receive a military order you must obey. That is where the big difference between a military and a political order comes in. One can sabotage a political order but to disobey a military command is treason.




The Russians were five times superior to us poor but brave Germans, both in numbers and in the superiority of their equipment. My immediate commander was Hitler himself. Unfortunately, Hitler's advice in those critical periods was invariably lousy.
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