Grandson of German prince who plotted to kill Hitler launches legal bid to win back his family's six million pounds estate

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The grandson of a German aristocrat who was forced by the Gestapo to sign away ownership of his family's estates has launched a legal battle for millions of euro in compensation.

Friedrich zu Solms-Baruth was swept up by the Gestapo the day after a failed 1944 bombing attempt on Hitler and thrown into the secret police's notorious Prinz Albrecht Strasse prison in Berlin.

Unlike scores of others connected with the Kreisau Circle of plotters who were executed, the German aristocrat was eventually released - but not before he had signed away ownership of his family's estates on the order of Gestapo and SS chief Heinrich Himmler.

Now, some 60 years later, Mr Solms-Baruth's grandson is continuing the family's fight for compensation for the millions of euro in lost property, with a hearing that begins today.

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