The Edelweiss Pirates were a loosely organized group of youth active in western Nazi Germany, formed in response to the strict regulations of the Hitler Youth.

In 1944, several Edelweiss Pirates including Barthel Schink and Miriam Kurtz were captured by the Nazis and sentenced to be hanged. Schink, certain that Kurtz's family connections would ensure her release, tasked her with recovering a Piece of Eden from the spire of the Cologne Cathedral and bringing it to the Assassins in Paris.