Rüdiger Schleicher

Rüdiger Schleicher ( Stuttgart , 14 of January of 1895 – Berlin , 23 of April of 1945 ) was a German professor in laws and air navigation was part of the German resistance against the Nazis and participated in the failed attack of 20 of July of 1944 Against Hitler . He was the brother-in-law of the martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer , executed by the Nazis.


He studied law at the University of Tübingen , where he graduated in 1923 with a thesis on international air navigation: “Internationales Luftfahrtrecht” obtaining great recognition for his “Kommentar zum deutschen Luftverkehrsgesetz” of 1933.

He worked in Württemberg and was promoted to the Reich Transport Ministry . In 1933 he was transferred to the division of Air and in 1939 to director of the legal department.

His treaties on the Hague Convention 1899 and 1907 were not well received by the regime.

In 1939, he directed the Institute for Air Law and the magazine “Archiv für Luftrecht”, used for resistance meetings.

He participated in the unsuccessful plot of July 20, 1944 to kill Hitler and sentenced to death by Judge Roland Freisler of the People’s Court on February 2, 1945.

On April 22, 1945, he was shot by a special Gestapo command along with 12 others, including his brother-in-law Klaus Bonhoeffer , his assistant, Dr. Hans John (33), Wilhelm zur Nieden , Wilhelm Staehle, and dissident Friedrich Justus Perels near Lehrter Straße in Berlin , when the city was approaching liberation by the Red Army.

Married to Ursula Bonhoeffer (1902 – 1983), daughter of Dr. Karl Bonhoeffer and sister of Dietrich and Klaus Bonhoeffer .

His daughter Renate married the great friend of Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer and theologian Eberhard Bethge .