Hans Litten

German lawyer Hans Litten

Hans Achim Litten was a German lawyer who represented opponents of the Nazis at important political trials between 1929 and 1932, defending the rights of workers during the Weimar Republic. During one trial in 1931, Litten subpoenaed Adolf Hitler, to appear as a witness, where Litten then cross-examined Hitler for three hours. Hitler was so rattled by the experience that, years later, he would not allow Litten's name to be mentioned in his presence.
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19 June 1903

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The Man Who Crossed Hitler, BBC Two, review - Telegraph.co.uk
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The story opened with a Jewish lawyer, Hans Litten (Ed Stoppard), being handed an intriguing case: he was to prosecute two Nazi Brown Shirts for the murder of four communists at the Eden Dance Palace in Berlin. Egged on by a friend, the Left-wing
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Rewind TV: The Man Who Crossed Hitler; Hans Litten vs Adolf Hitler: To Stop a ... - The Guardian
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SCENE OF THE WEEK And so to Channel 5's festival of cruel and unusual punishment that is Celebrity Big Brother (may contain strong language, flashing images, a shopping task, self-advertisement, underwear, scenes of worrying ignorance)
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For corruption and sex, it's the Borgias every time - Financial Times
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Hitler's crimes are still vivid to us, and so the actors, Ian Hart as Hitler and Ed Stoppard as Hans Litten, did their earnest best. Anton Lesser, as Litten's ally, did his best impersonation of Anton Lesser, a role familiar to viewers of The Hour
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TV matters: The BBC's Hitler season - The Guardian
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Ian Hart as Hitler and Ed Stoppard as Hans Litten in The Man Who Crossed Hitler. Photograph: Steffan Hills/BBC/Hardy Pictures/Steffan Hill A traditional rule of journalism is that two is a coincidence but three is a trend
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Hans Litten vs Adolf Hitler - Socialistworker.co.uk
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This documentary explores the failed attempt by Jewish lawyer Hans Litten to challenge the rise of Adolf Hitler through the courts in the 1930s. He even cross-examined Hitler in court over his orchestration of Nazi violence
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The Weekend's TV: The Man Who Crossed Hitler, Sun, BBC2 - The Independent
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Hans Litten, the drama's hero, was a radical Berlin lawyer who, in 1931, subpoenaed Adolf Hitler in the trial of two SA men accused of a murderous attack on a socialist's meeting. His intention was to put Hitler in the witness stand and expose the
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Ian Hart: Why I wanted to play Hitler, interview - Telegraph.co.uk
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Ian Hart portrays Adolf Hitler in The Man Who Crossed Hitler, a BBC Two drama about Hans Litten, the lawyer who put the Nazi leader in the dock. Photo: BBC By John Preston How is an actor supposed to respond when a casting director calls him up and
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The man who annoyed Adolf Hitler - BBC News
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So who was Hans Litten? In the Berlin courtroom, Adolf Hitler's face burned a deep, furious red. The future dictator was not accustomed to this kind of scrutiny. But here he was, being interrogated about the violence of his paramilitary thugs by a
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The Man Who Crossed Hitler: New Period Courtroom Drama on BBC Two - Suite101.com
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Prosecutor 29-year-old Hans Litten (played by Ed Stoppard) chooses to subpoena rising political star Adolf Hitler (played by Ian Hart) to a trial of Nazi thugs. The setting is summer 1931, and Germany is in danger of economic collapse
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Sender BBC dreht in Lichtenburg - Mitteldeutsche Zeitung
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Ein Film-Team der BBC (Fernsehen) London hat das Schloss Lichtenburg besucht, und zwar im Zusammenhang mit Dreharbeiten für die Darstellung des Schicksals von Hans Litten. Der jüdische Jurist war wegen seines Engagements gegen das Nazi-Regime von Adolf
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BBC Two plan Shirley Bassey drama - BBC News
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Ian Hart has been signed up to play the role of Hitler and Ed Stoppard will play lawyer Hans Litten in the one-off drama. Stephen Fry has signed up to front a new series called Fry's Planet World in which he examines the English Language
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Berliner Alltag vor Gericht - taz
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Der spätere "Führer" wurde vom Verteidiger der Nebenklage, dem Anwalt Hans Litten, vernommen, um zu beweisen, dass der Angriff eines SA-Rollkommandos auf das von linken Arbeitern besuchte Tanzlokal Eden von der NSDAP-Parteiführung geplant und Teil der
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BerlinRadar: Tempelhof-Schöneberg: Bilder eines Gerichtsreporters - Berliner Morgenpost
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Im "Edenpalast-Prozess" 1931 beispielsweise fotografierte er einen angespannten Adolf Hitler nach der Vernehmung durch den Rechtsanwalt und NS-Gegner Hans Litten. Im Foyer des Rathauses Schöneberg am John-F.-Kennedy-Platz wird am 24
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    THIRTIES
  • 1938
    Age 34
    On the evening of February 4, 1938, it was clear what Litten had in mind, but no one kept watch.
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    On February 5, 1938, after five years of interrogation and torture and a failed escape attempt, Litten was found by several friends from his barracks, hanging in the lavatory, a suicide.
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  • 1937
    Age 33
    Litten's last letter to his family, written in November 1937, spoke of the situation, adding that the Jewish prisoners were soon to be denied mail privileges until further notice.
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    He arrived on October 16, 1937, and was put in the Jewish barracks.
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    In summer 1937, Litten was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp for a month, before finally being sent to Dachau.
  • 1934
    Age 30
    Despite his injuries and suffering, Litten strove to maintain his spirits. At one point, in 1934, his situation improved a little bit when he was moved to Lichtenburg.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1933
    Age 29
    He attempted suicide in 1933 in an attempt to avoid endangering his former clients, but he was revived by the Nazis so that they could interrogate him further.
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    Hitler's hatred for Litten was not forgotten and in the early hours of February 28, 1933, the night of the Reichstag fire, he was rousted from his bed, arrested and taken into protective custody.
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  • 1931
    Age 27
    In May 1931, Litten summoned Adolf Hitler to testify in the Tanzpalast Eden Trial, a court case involving two workers stabbed by four SA men.
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  • 1930
    Age 26
    On November 22, 1930, an SA Rollkommando attacked a popular dance hall frequented predominantly by left-wing workers.
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    Shortly before, in September 1930, Hitler had appeared in Leipzig as a witness at the "Ulm Reichswehr Trial" against two officers charged with conspiracy to commit treason for having had membership in the Nazi Party, at that time, forbidden to Reichswehr personnel.
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  • 1928
    Age 24
    He declined both choosing instead to open a law office in 1928 with Dr. Ludwig Barbasch, a friend who was close to the Communist Party.
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  • 1927
    Age 23
    Litten passed his examinations in 1927 with excellent grades and was offered a lucrative job in the Reich Ministry of Justice, as well as a good position in a flourishing law firm.
  • 1924
    Age 20
    The Kapp Putsch, the 1924 court case against Adolf Hitler and other events convinced Litten that Germany was approaching a very dangerous period.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1914
    Age 10
    There is an amusing anecdote from Litten's school years, when he was asked in the classroom if they should hang a picture of Paul von Hindenburg, victor of the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg.
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  • 1903
    Born
    Born on June 19, 1903.
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