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Hans Coppi

January 25, 1916 - December 22, 1942
Hans Coppi Hans Coppi 

Hans Coppi grew up in a working-class family in the Berlin district of Wedding. From 1929 to 1932 he attended the school farm on Scharfenberg Island in the Tegeler See. In 1931-32 he joined the “Red Boy Scouts” and the German Communist Youth Federation (KJVD). Wanted by the police for illegally distributing leaflets, he was arrested at the end of January 1934, briefly imprisoned in Oranienburg concentration camp and sentenced to one year’s imprisonment in a juvenile detention center. After his release he rejoined the resistance circle of his friends from Scharfenberg. Coppi worked as a lathe operator in a small mechanical engineering factory. From 1939 on he was active in the resistance group around the dramatic adviser Wilhelm Schürmann-Horster. In June 1941 Harro Schulze-Boysen persuaded Coppi to take on the task of establishing a radio link to the Soviet Union for the resistance organization. However, this failed because of inexperience and technical problems. Coppi was involved in the group’s leafleting and flyposting actions. In August 1942 he helped the parachute agent Albert Hößler, who had just arrived from Moscow. Coppi was drafted to the Wehrmacht on September 10, 1942 and arrested in Schrimm near Posen on September 12, 1942. Hans Coppi was sentenced to death by the Reich Court Martial on December 19, 1942 and murdered on December 22 in Berlin-Plötzensee.