In the year 2003 the city set up a memorial of Wilhelm Leuschner in the district of Mörtzhöfen and the house he was born in, which shows in three rooms the different stations of his life. The house is privately owned.
Wilhelm Leuschner was born as a son of a furnace builder, went to school in Bayreuth and
absolved an apprenticeship. In 1907 he left Bayreuth to settle in Darmstatt. In the Twenties
he made his carrier there as a union functionary, a social democratic politician and secretary
of the interior, warning early about Nazism.
After 1933 he lived in Berlin and was a member of the resistance. In connection with the
failed assassination attempt by count Stauffenberg on July 20th 1944, Wilhelm Leuschner
was also arrested. The resistance fighters intended him to be the vice chancellor in the
“Germany after Hitler”. After a judgement of the notorious people court he was sentenced
and hanged in Berlin-Plötzensee on September 29th 1944.
The Wilhelm Leuschner foundation offers additional guided tours through the memorial and
more educational events.
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