Fritz Theilen

Intro German Resistance member
Was Politician Resistance fighter Activist Trade unionist
From Germany
Type Activism Military Politics
Gender male
Birth 27 September 1927, Cologne, Germany
Death 18 April 2012, Cologne, Germany (aged 84 years)
Star sign Libra

Fritz Theilen (27 September 1927 – 18 April 2012) was a German member of the anti-Nazi resistance group the Edelweißpiraten during World War II. Born to working-class parents, he joined the Deutsches Jungvolk division of the Hitler Youth in 1937, and was excluded for resisting orders in 1940. He started an apprenticeship at the local Ford Motor Company auto plant in 1941. In 1942 he joined the Edelweißpiraten. He was imprisoned at the Gestapo's Cologne headquarters—the EL-DE Haus—in 1943. After managing to escape from prison, he survived in the underground until 1945. Ford only re-employed him after the British occupation force exerted pressure on the company's management.

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