Jorg von Bonnet

Wehrmacht Soldier - rank unknown

 

Killed in action on 14 July 1941 at Smolensk age 25

Jorg was killed in action fighting the Russian Army at the first battle of Smolensk, a major action at the start of Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. The battle was costly to the German army in both men and materials and was decisive in delaying the German advance and probably led to the failure to capture Moscow later that year.

Background Information

Before coming to Gordonstoun Jorg was a pupil at Salem. In 1932 at the age of 15 he wrote directly to Adolf Hitler regarding Nazi interaction with Salem. His letter included these lines, "If you carry on like this National Socialism will not make much progress in this school".

When Hahn came to Britain and founded Gordonstoun Jorg's parents wisely sent him over to join the school. Hahn later wrote of Jorg:

A strange change had come over him, which frightened me very much. He still thought the Nazis were the devil but he also thought the devil was invincible.

Jorg von Bonnet was Guardian in his final year at Gordonstoun. He elected to return to Germany to fight for his country in a war that was fast becoming inevitable. Before he returned however Kurt Hahn had him transferred to Marlborough School for a term so that he would not have the stigma of returning home directly form Gordonstoun.


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