Ernst von Salomon

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Ernst von Salomon (25 September 1902 – 9 August 1972) "was a German writer and part of the Conservative Revolutionary intellectual movement of the German Weimar Republic. As a member of the Freikorps, he participated in the murder of German Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau by providing a car for the assassins, a crime for which he was imprisoned between 1922 and 1927. Soon thereafter he was once again imprisoned, this time for participation in an attempted so-called feme murder, but he received a light sentence on account of having spared the life of the victim – a man named Wagner – when he pleaded for mercy. Despite his revolutionary and Right-wing leanings, von Salomon kept his distance from the National Socialists and their rise to power in Germany. He lived out the days of the Third Reich and the war as a filmmaker. He and his Jewish wife were arrested by the Allied occupation government after the war, but were set free after a year. He continued writing screenplays for the remainder of his life."[1]

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