Voss, Hans Alexander von

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Voss, Hans Alexander von
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Voss, Hans Alexander von, born 13-12-1907 in Charlottenburg, followed the Gymnasium in Berlin from 1918 and  made his final examination in 1926. He in the same year joined the Army Service with the 9th Infanterie Regiment and was promoted to Leutnant in 1930 and Oberleutnant in 1933. For a General Staff Training on the Heereskriegsakademie in Berlin-Moabit.  After his Academy Training he came in the Staff of the High Commander West, Oberbefehlshaber der Heeresgruppe 2  Erwin von Witzleben
  Von Witzleben, on 07-08-1944, was in the first group of accused Stauffenberg conspirators to be brought before the Volksgerichtshof. Ravaged by the conditions of his Gestapo arrest, surprisingly, he approached the bench giving the Nazi salute, for which he was rebuked by the presiding judge Roland Freisler Erwin von Witzleben was put to death that same day at Plötzensee Prison in Berlin. By Hitler’s positive orders, he was strangled with piano wire  that had been wound around a meat hook, and the execution was filmed. Through von Witzleben, Voss was connected to the Oberst der Kavallerie, Claus Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg‘s resistance group. His bad experiences during the invasion of Poland, the violence by the Einsatzgruppe against the Jews , were a motivation to resist against the Nazi regime. Von Voss in 1940 already planned an attack , with a gun on Hitler during the victory parade on the Avenue des Champs Elysées in Paris , but didn’t succeed as the parade was cancelled. In 1943 Voss was promoted to Oberstleutnant in the General Staff and on 20-02-1943 transferred to the Staff of the Heeresgruppe Mitte, under Henning von Tresckow,
 another resistance man. Henning von Tresckow hunted by the Gestapo, committed suicide, age 43, on the front near Ostrow, Poland on 21-07-1944. Von Tresckow was already involved in the failed Hitler plane bomb attack on 13-03-1943.

Death and burial ground of Voss, Hans Alexander von.

 Voss here with his five years old son Rudiger short before his suicide. The contacts of  von Voss with the 20 July resistance group were not discovered in the beginning. In October 1944 he landed in the Führer Reserve and would be assigned as Staff Officer with the Chief of Staff in the West in November 1944, but it didn’t come so far. After indications that the Gestapo  was on his trail Hans Alexander von Voss committed suicide near the Heinersdorfer See on 08-11-1944, age 36, as he wanted to protect his friends. Hans-Alexander von Voss was the son of the later Generalleutnant Hans von Voss, 07-10-1875; † 06-12-1966) and his wife Ellen, born Lucas (†1918). He had one sister Renate, born in 1911. His mother died end 1918 of the Spanish influenza and in 1920 his father remarried  the widow von Spangenberg, Eva Breithaupt. Hans Alexander Voss was since 1936 married with Gisela Stülpnagel, the daughter of General, Commander of the Replacement Army in 1939, Joachim von Stülpnagel.
   and they had three children, a daughter and two sons. Hans Alexander von Voss is buried on the local cemetery of Waldsieversdorf.

A remembrance stone for Hans Alexander Voss  in Waldsieversdorf

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