Friedrich von Rabenau
- Category : 1884-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Small (10,13,22,25,34)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Penetration 3
German career-soldier, general, theologian, and opponent of National Socialism (Nazism), executed toward the end of World War II.
In 1936, von Rabenau was assigned by the then head of the general staff, Generaloberst Ludwig August Theodor Beck, to establish (from the Reichsarchiv) the first central archive of the German army, in Potsdam. Well suited to the task, Rabenau strove to prevent ideological falsifications with a scientific diligence in gathering sources that was second to none.
Von Rabenau was arrested in the aftermath of the plot which culminated in the attempt on Hitler's life on 20 July 1944. On 15 April 1945, without having been charged or tried, General von Rabenau, one of the last inmates remaining in the Flossenbürg concentration camp, was shot on Himmler's specific orders. The execution order was issued by Gestapo Chief Heinrich Müller with additional orders to report his death as resulting from a low-flying allied air attack.