Wilm Hosenfeld

Wilm Hosenfeld (full name: Wilhelm Hosenfeld; May 2 1895 in Mackenzell, Hessen-Nassau, Germany – August 13 1952 near Stalingrad), originally a teacher, was a German Army officer who rose to the rank of captain by the end of the war. He helped to hide or rescue several Poles, including Jews, in Nazi-occupied Poland, and is perhaps most remembered for helping Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman survive hidden in the ruins of Warsaw during the last months of 1944.


  • With this horrendous murder of the Jews we have lost the war. We have brought an indelible shame upon ourselves, a curse that cannot be lifted. We deserve no mercy, we are all guilty together.
    • 16 June 1943; attributed by Richard J. Evans in "Why Did Stauffenberg Plant the Bomb?", Süddeutsche Zeitung, 23 January 2009 [1]
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