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Carl Wentzel

December 09, 1876 - December 20, 1944
Carl Wentzel Carl Wentzel 

Carl Wentzel-Teutschenthal studied agriculture and took over his father’s property before the First World War. In the 1920s and 1930s he expanded it into a big agricultural enterprise. He belonged to the discussion circle around Paul Reusch, the director general of the steel concern Gute-Hoffnungs-Hütte. Reusch had started the circle in 1935 to explore general issues of large-scale industry. Wentzel-Teutschenthal was married to Ella von Zimmermann, with whom he had a son. The Reusch circle met for discussions on his estate, Teutschenthal, on several occasions. At these meetings Wentzel-Teutschenthal openly regretted that the officers were not willing to shoot Hitler down. In November 1943 Carl Goerdeler gave a lecture at Teutschenthal on the conspirators’ concept for economic policy. Wentzel-Teutschenthal refused the offer to take part in the coup, but gave Goerdeler further names for the planned government. After the unsuccessful assassination attempt of July 20, 1944, Wentzel-Teutschenthal was arrested because a higher SS and police leader wanted to have him convicted for personal reasons. Carl Wentzel-Teutschenthal was sentenced to death by the People’s Court on November 13, 1944 and murdered on December 20, 1944 in Berlin-Plötzensee.