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Heinz Kucharski

July 22, 1919 - October 08, 2000
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Born in Hamburg in 1919, Heinz Kucharski attended Lichtwark High School, where he developed an intensive interest in socialist ideas, and went on to study philology, ethnology, and Oriental studies. He organized literary evenings at which political texts were discussed. Kucharski and Margaretha Rothe distributed leaflets giving details of the times when the "Deutsche Freiheitssender" (German Freedom Station) could be received. At the end of 1942 he discussed the White Rose group’s third leaflet with Margaretha Rothe, Hannelore Willbrandt, a bookseller, Albert Suhr, a doctor, and Reinhold Meyer, a philosophy student. The Gestapo arrested Heinz Kucharski with his mother, Hildegard Heinrichs, and his friend Margaretha Rothe on November 9, 1943. Kucharski was imprisoned in Fuhlsbüttel Gestapo prison until October 25, 1944, then transferred to Hamburg remand prison. After the People’s Court’s death sentence of April 17, 1945, he managed to escape while being transported to Bützow-Dreibergen, the prison where he was to be executed. Reinhold Meyer, who was also arrested, fell seriously ill in custody and died on November 12, 1944 in Fuhlsbüttel Gestapo prison. Margaretha Rothe was initially taken from Fuhlsbüttel to Cottbus along with the other women prisoners from the Hamburg White Rose group, then later to Leipzig-Kleinmeusdorf prison, where she was admitted to the prison sickbay on February 18, 1945. Margaretha Rothe died in hospital in Leipzig on April 15, 1945, just before the city was liberated by American troops.