Carl Goerdeler

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Goerdeler, Carl


Born July 31, 1884, in Schneidemühl; died Feb. 2, 1945, in Berlin-Plötzensee. German political figure.

In the period of the Weimar Republic, Goerdeler sided with the reactionary German National Party. From 1920 to 1930 he was the vice-mayor of Königsberg, and from 1930 to 1937 the chief mayor of Leipzig. In 1931 and 1932 he was also the imperial commissar for prices, and he resumed this post under Hitler in 1934 and 1935. Toward the end of the 1930’s he joined the opposition, dissatisfied with Hitler’s severing of ties with the Western powers. During World War II, when Germany was suffering massive defeats on the Soviet-German Front, he led the bourgeois generals’ plot of 1944 to save German imperialism at the cost of renouncing Hitler’s fascist ruling clique and was on the extreme right wing of the conspiracy After the July 20, 1944, attempt on Hitler’s life failed, Goerdeler was arrested and executed.


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Hoffmann, Peter, Carl Goerdeler and the Jewish Question, 1933-1942.
To wit: Peter Hoffman, who has published widely on German resistance, offers Carl Goerdeler and the Jewish Question, 1933-1942 (Cambridge, April), which concentrates on the Leipzig mayor who opposed the persecution of Germany's Jews and aided the resistance until being hanged for treason in 1945.
The racial idea has been grossly betrayed in this war in that the best German blood is being irrevocably sacrificed, while simultaneously Germany is populated by millions of foreign workers, who certainly cannot be &scribed as of high racial quality." Berthold's younger twin brother, Alexander, also under interrogation, "took the view that the Jewish question should have been dealt with in a less extreme manner because then it would have produced less disturbance among the population." These were men who disliked the way the crime was perpetrated rather than the crime itself Even Carl Goerdeler who was to become the new head of state if the plot had been successful, did not include the restoration of the civil rights of Jews in his program.
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Kershaw tells us that in October 1935 Price Commissioner Carl Goerdeler sent Hitler in October, 1935, "a devastating analysis of Germany's economic position." According to Kershaw, Goerdeler "favored a return to market economy, a renewed emphasis upon exports, and a corresponding reduction in the rearmament drive - in his view at the root of the economic problems.