'in erster Linie bin ich Deutscher und erst in zweiter Katholik'
(First and foremost I am German and only second-Catholic)

  • Schlageter, an early National Socialist and one of the Third Reich's first martyrs, was executed by the French occupiers of the Ruhr region of Germany on May 26, 1923. He and a small group of patriots attacked French trains, no doubt shipping out stolen minerals from Germany, and any other French targets. There were monuments all over Germany honoring Albert Schlageter.

    Schlageter's final words:
    'I find some satisfaction in dying. Perhaps I can help through my example...
    From 1914 until this day, I have sacrificed all my strength and labor, out of love and loyalty,
    to my German homeland. Where it was in need, I sought to help...
    Greetings to my parents, brothers and sisters, relatives, my friends, and my Germany!'

    [Above: A postcard showing Schlageter about to be executed.]

    [Above: The Schlageter-Cross in Düsseldorf.]

    [Above: The Schlageter-Cross in Düsseldorf.]

    [Above: The Schlageter-Cross in Düsseldorf.]

    [Above: The Schlageter-Cross in Düsseldorf.]

    [Above: The Schlageter-Cross in Düsseldorf.]

    [Above: The Schlageter-Cross in Düsseldorf.]

    [Above: The Schlageter House.]

    [Above: A Schlageter memorial in Schönau, the Black Forest, Germany.]

    [Above: A Schlageter memorial in Schönau, the Black Forest, Germany.]

    [Above: A Schlageter memorial in Schönau, the Black Forest, Germany.]

    [Above: A Schlageter monument above the town of Schoenau-Schwarzwald, Germany.]

    [Above: Another postcard showing the Schlageter monument above the town of his birth, along with a picture of the Schlageter house and the monument in Schönau, Germany.]

    [Above: A Schlageter monument in Königstein, Saxony.]

    [Above: Another look at the Schlageter monument in Königstein, Saxony.]

    [Above: A Schlageter monument/memorial in Elberfeld (now a district of Wuppertal), Germany. This is said to be the first Schlageter monument, built May 25, 1933. In April 1959, the remains of this beautiful monument were demolished.]

    [Above: A Schlageter memorial in Düsseldorf]

    [Above: Close-up, it says:
    'Hier fiel, erschossen auf Frankreichs befehl, am 26.mai 1923 Albert Leo Schlageter für freiheit und frieden an Ruhr und Rhein'
    =
    'Here on April 26, 1923, Albert Leo Schlageter, shot on French orders, fell for liberty and peace of the Ruhr and Rhine']

    [Above: A Schlageter monument]

    [Above: Close-up]

    [Above: A Schlageter monument]

    [Above: Close-up]

    [Above: A Schlageter plaque]

    [Above: A Schlageter memorial.]

    [Above: A Schlageter memorial.]

    [Above: Schlageter - 'Der Deutsche Held' (The German Hero) commemorative postcard, published by Alb. Wetzel, Schönau.]

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    [Above: A Schlageter postcard - perhaps the spot where he was executed.]

    [Above: An NSDAP propaganda poster (35x24 cm) with a quote from Schlageter, 1941.]

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    [Above: A 1935 Schlageter calendar.]

    [Above: A 1936 Schlageter calendar.]

    [Above: A boat was even named after Schlageter.]

    [Above: Another shot of the Schlageter boat.]

    [Above: Schlageter art.]

    [Above: Schlageter art.]

    [Above: Schlageter art.]

    [Above: Schlageter art.]

    [Above: Schlageter art.]

    [Above: Schlageter art.]

    [Above: Schlageter art.]

    [Above: Schlageter art by the famous artist Karl Bauer.]

    [Above: Two martyrs: Albert Leo Schlageter and Horst Wessel.]

    [Above: Albert Leo Schlageter.]

    [Above: Albert Leo Schlageter.]

    [Above: Albert Leo Schlageter.]

    [Above: Albert Leo Schlageter.]

    [Above: Schlageter bravely facing a French firing squad.]

    [Above: Leo Schlageter, 1918. Courtesy of the Bundesarchiv.]

    'Ihr werdet erleben, wie sie unser Land verschachern um ihre eigene erbarmliche Macht zu sichern'
    (You will see how they sell our land to secure their own merciless power)

    [Above: Leo Schlageter 'tinnie' pin.]

    [Above: Leo Schlageter 'tinnie' pin.]

    [Above: Leo Schlageter 'tinnie' pin, 1932.]

    [Above: 'Schlagetetag' (Schlageter Day) 'tinnie' pin, 1936.]

    [Above: Hitler Youth Leo Schlageter 'tinnie' pin, 1933.]

    [Above: Freikorps Leo Schlageter badge.]

    [Above: Leo Schlageter plaque.]

    [Above: Leo Schlageter bronze table medal by Karl Goetz.]

    [Above: Leo Schlageter bronze table medal by Karl Goetz (in case).]

    [Above: Wow, this is the actual die used for the Leo Schlageter bronze table medal above.]

    [Above: Leo Schlageter terra cotta porcelain medals (89 mm), commissioned by the NSDAP shortly after attaining power in 1933.]

    [Above: Leo Schlageter SA honor cuff.]

    [Above: An article about Schlageter's execution in The Detroit News, May 26, 1923. 1/2.]

    [Above: An article about Schlageter's execution in The Detroit News, May 26, 1923. 2/2.]

    [Above: Schlageter memorial in Billerbeck, Germany. The inscription was removed after the war...]

    [Above: Schlageter memorial, or what's left of it, Hanskühnenburg im Harz. The Hanskühnenburg is a mountain retreat in the Harz mountains. It is located at a height of 2,661 ft (811 m) above sea level in the middle of the Harz National Park.]

    [Above: Schlageter memorial in Baden-Württemberg - I'm shocked this is even still there...]

    [Above: Modern t-shirt honoring Schlageter.]

    [Above: Another modern t-shirt honoring Schlageter. 'Blutzeugen' = 'Martyrs']