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Carl Friedrich Goerdeler

The administrative lawyer Carl Friedrich Goerdeler was lord mayor of Leipzig from 1930 to1936, making him one of only a handful of municipal leaders who were not members of the Nazi Party.

After his resignation, he worked for Bosch as a liaison to the city government in Berlin. It was this position that permitted him to play an active role in the resistance against the Nazi regime.

As the cofounder of the civilian underground opposition against the Nazi regime, Goerdeler formulated new constitutional plans and blueprints for a European Union.

After the failed assassination attempt of July 20, 1944, Goerdeler, who was designated to become the new Chancellor, was executed as a "traitor" and "war spy" in Berlin on February 2, 1945.