OPENING OF EXHIBITION “OPPOSING HITLER BY FOREIGN
POLICY” AT THE WHITE PALACE
Belgrade, 23 May 2009 – Their Royal Highnesses
Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine and H.E. Mr.
Wolfram Josef Maas, Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany to
Serbia, officially opened today an exhibition “Ulrich von Hassell:
Opposing Hitler by Foreign Policy” at the White Palace.
Ulrich von Hassell (1881-1944) was one of the
leaders of the German opposition against Hitler. From the summer of
1939, and after the outbreak of World War Two, he tried to provide
the voice of “the other Germany” to be heard outside of the country,
and to establish a bridge with the free world. Von Hassel was
actively involved in the preparations of the 20 July, 1944 plot to
assassinate Hitler, and he was arrested and executed. From 1930 to
1932, von Hassell was posted to the German Embassy in Belgrade, and
his experience from that period are in his diary, letters and other
In his speech the Crown Prince emphasized: “It is
my great pleasure that I can, together with the German Ambassador,
host an exhibition dedicated to a great opponent of the Hitler’s
regime. Also, it’s very important that this exhibition has a part
showing the period Ulrich von Hassell spent in Belgrade. In that
period he met and made friends with my grandfather HM King Alexander
I. I sincerely hope that this is just one of the many projects we
are going to develop with the German Embassy”.
This exhibition, which was prepared by Dr Ulrich
Schlie and Dr Stephanie Salzmann, with the support of German Embassy
in Belgrade, will be open till 6 June 2009.