Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori
|"It is sweet and right to die for your country."|
The last and youngest of the plotters to kill Hitler, Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, died earlier this month. The Economist posted an obituary here. It is and interesting read:
"Prussian reserve, some said: the same hauteur that made him refuse to help when Hollywood made a film about the plot of July 20th. Frustration, perhaps, that the plotters were often disparaged by the left as aristocratic, Christian and conservative—and, immediately after the war, were even called traitors. In 1944 he had simply done what he thought necessary and right, as both a moral man and a soldier under orders: defended his homeland against barbarian despoilers and low-class, law-breaking gangsters, as the von Kleists had done for generations before him."