Paul Warren

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War - Ww2 - Eduardo Schulte German Industrialist And Anti-Nazi - Poem by Paul Warren

Eduard Schulte was a German Industrialist during the Second World War
And was a secret opponent of Hitler and the Nazis wanting to do more
In his business he travelled from Breslau in Silesia and Zurich in Switzerland
And made contact with Gerhart Riegner of the World Jewish Congress in his plan

In 1942 he heard of the Nazi Final Solution to end the European Jewish population
And he found out that they were going to use hydrogen cyanide in this Solution
With the help of Allen W. Dulles and the dissident German consul Hans Gisevius
He supplied the facts of the Riegner Telegram to the Allies to stop it and make a fuss

But the Allies did not do anything with this Telegram and continued on their own plan
Schulte was flabbergasted that they did not seem to react to it or to understand
He continued to supply some further information right through until in 1943
The Gestapo had found him out, chasing him and he had to Switzerland flee

So Schulte was a German who took a stand against the Nazi's Holocaust plan
He fled his German homeland and went to live in the USA to start his life again
Over the years he did not want to be known as the one who made these facts known
And Riegner kept the promise made to Schulte that his source remained unknown.

© Paul Warren Poetry

Topic(s) of this poem: war

Form: Ode

Poet's Notes about The Poem

The Riegner Telegram was sent to Roosevelt, Churchill and other free country councils to inform them of what the Germans were doing in their Concentration Camps in an attempt to put pressure on them to stop Germany engaging in the Holocaust. They did not take a lot of notice.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 30, 2016

Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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