Fritz Theilen

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Fritz Theilen, born September 27 1927, was a German member of the anti-Nazi resistance group the Edelweißpiraten during World War II. Born to working-class parents, he joined the Jungvolk of the Hitler Youth in 1937, and was excluded for resisting orders in 1940. He started an apprenticeship at the local Ford Motor Company auto plant in 1941. In 1942 he joined the Edelweißpiraten. He was imprisoned at the Gestapo's Cologne headquarters — the El-De Haus — in 1943. After managing to escape from prison, he survived in the underground until 1945. Ford only re-employed him after the English occupation force exerted pressure on the company's management.

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