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Helmuth James von Moltke’s Letters to Freya 1939-1945 is a surprising book. Molke’s letters to his wife are filled with details of his tireless work as an international jurist struggling within the increasingly tortured legal system of Nazi Germany to alleviate some of the greatest injustices he encountered as a lawyer in German Military Intelligence.

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On 11 January 1945 Helmuthvon Moltke continued the letter to his wife he had begun the day before.

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Alone awaiting execution in the Plötzensee Prison in Berlin, Helmuth von Moltke seems to have awaited death without fear, even with a spirit of gratitude.

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In his last published letters written to Freya on 10 and 11 January 1945, 12 days before his execution in Plötzensee Prison in Berlin, Germany 38-year-old Helmuth James Graf von Moltke tried to prepare his wife for his death.

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Helmuth von Moltke’s third factor in German society between 1933 and 1945 contributing to the failure of resistance the Nazis is a stern warning to any human community that hopes to prosper.

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In his second characteristic of German society under Nazi domination that made it profoundly challenging to mount any kind of effective opposition to Hitler, Moltke paints an intimate picture of domestic life for the average German between 1933 and 1945.

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It is too easy to sit in judgment on people who find themselves in difficult situations the complexities of which we who have never faced such circumstances can barely imagine.

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