Finckh, Eberhard.

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Finckh, Eberhard, born 07-11-1899, in Kupferzell, Kingdom of Württemberg, German Empire and grew up in Urach and Stuttgart Finckh was married to Annemarie von Weyrauch, with whom he had two daughters and a son. Eberhard joined the Imperial Army in 1917 and then was a member of the Reichswehr. In 1927 he was posted to the War Academy in Berlin-Moabit,  where he later met Oberst der Panzertruppen Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg. Eberhard firmly rejected National Socialism and his family supported him in this. After the German invasion of Poland he was on the Eastern Front as quartermaster of the 6th Army, under command of Walter Karl Ernst August von Reichenau  “The Bull”   Later, as Oberst (G.S.) He then served under General Günther Blumentritt as the chief quartermaster to the commander-in-chief in Paris, he joined the circle around military commander Carl Heinrich von Stülpnagel. Finckh was involved in planning the coup attempt in the west with Stülpnagel and his adjutant Oberstleutnant Cäsar von Hofacker, Eberhard was a significant figure in the anti-Nazi resistance movement  On  20-07-1944 in Paris, Finckh received the prearranged news of the attempted assassination in the “Führer’s” headquarters, the “Wolf’s Lair”,

and reported Hitler’s death to his superior, General Günter Blumentritt. In Paris the Gestapo and SD (Security Service) could now be arrested and disarmed as planned. The conspirators only called a halt to this operation when they learned that Adolf Hitler was still alive. Eberhard Finckh was arrested a few days later. He was sentenced to death on 30-08-1944 by the People’s Court under Roland Freisler  and murdered the same day in Berlin-Plötzensee.

The young career officer Eberhard Finckh met Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and Albrecht Ritter Mertz von Quirnheim   at the Berlin War Academy.

Death and burial ground of Finckh, Eberhard.

After the failure of the coup attempt, he was arrested by the Gestapo, interrogated at length, and dishonorably discharged from the army by a court of honor. He was then tried by the People’s Court on 30-08-1944 with von Stülpnagel, who had blinded himself in a suicide attempt, Caesar von Hofacker, and Hans Ottfried von Linstow. He was sentenced to death by Roland Freisler and executed by hanging the same day at the Plötzensee prison in Berlin. It was not until the actual day of the 20 July Plot in 1944, that Stülpnagel included von Linstow in his plans. Von Linstow promptly rounded up most SS, SD and Gestapo officers in Paris and imprisoned them. Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg called him later to inform him that Berlin was lost. Von Linstow was arrested three days later on 23 July in Paris. Sentenced to death in Berlin also by Roland Freisler, president of the People’s Court on 30 August, he was executed that same day in Berlin-Plötzensee

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