Last Letters: The Prison Correspondence 1944-1945. Freya von Moltke Helmuth von Moltke.

Last Letters: The Prison Correspondence 1944-1945

New York: New York Review Books, 2019. Katy Homans (cover design). First Printing. Trade Paperback. NEW. 12.5 x 20.5 cm. 392 pp. Item #12234

Edited by Helmuth Caspar von Moltke, Dorothea von Moltke, and Johannes von Moltke, with an afterword by Rachel Seiffert, a new translation from the German by Shelley Frisch.

An NYRB Classics Original

Tegel prison, Berlin, in the fall of 1944. Helmuth James von Moltke is awaiting trial for his leading role in the Kreisau Circle, one of the most important German resistance groups against the Nazis. By a near miracle, the prison chaplain at Tegel is Harald Poelchau, a friend and coconspirator of Helmuth and his wife, Freya. From Helmuth’s arrival at Tegel in late September 1944 until the day of his execution by the Nazis on January 23, 1945, Poelchau would carry Helmuth’s and Freya’s letters in and out of prison daily, risking his own life. Freya would safeguard these letters for the rest of her long life. Last Letters is a profoundly personal record of the couple’s fortitude in the face of fascism.

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