Tresckow's wife was arrested on 15 August and her children taken away but early in October she was released again. Schlabrendorff was finally put on trial before Freisler, the presiding judge in the People's Court, on 3 February. Just as the case had been called, the sirens sounded for the heaviest American daylight attack on Berlin. In the course of it Freisler, hit by a falling beam, died clutching the files on the case. The trial was resumed before another judge on 16 March, when the accused protested that he had been tortured. He was accordingly released, only to be arrested immediately by the Gestapo who a few days later included him in the convoy to Flossenburg camp which also contained Canaris, Oster, Bonhoeffer and others. Probably owing to a mistake, he was not executed there but taken on 12 April to Dachau, since American troops were at hand. A hundred or more prominent people obnoxious to the Nazis but not directly involved in the plot, such as Niemoller, Schacht, Halder and Schuschnigg, had been assembled there and all were taken off into the South Tyrol where on 4 May American troops saved them from being killed by Italian partisans.