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Grandson of Prince in Plot to Kill Hitler Renews Land Battle

  • Solms-Baruth claims Nazis forced family to give up its estate
  • German officials say transfer occurred under communist rule
Solms-Baruth family home, 1943
Solms-Baruth family home, 1943Source: Estate of Prince Friedrich zu Solms-Baruth III
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Prince Friedrich zu Solms-Baruth III slept with two Luger pistols as he colluded to kill Adolf Hitler near the end of World War II.

Riding on horseback into the woods of his 17,000-hectare estate in eastern Germany, the anti-Nazi aristocrat hosted secret meetings to discuss the assassination plot, which was codenamed Operation Valkyrie.