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Stauffenberg: The Architect of the Famous July 20th Conspiracy to Assassinate Hitler
Stauffenberg The Architect of the Famous July 20th Conspiracy to Assassinate Hitler Author:Joachim Kramarz "A very small clique of ambitious, criminal, and stupid officers has forged a plot to eliminate me, and at the same time, exterminate the highest level staff of the German Wehrmacht." --Adolf Hitler, in a speech broadcast over all German radio networks on July 20-21, 1944 — The German aristocrat who was the leader in the plot to overthrow Hitler ... more »was Claus Phillip Maria Graf (Count) von Stauffenberg. This book is not only the first full-length biography in English of Stauffenberg, but also an invaluable record of the only active resistance during the Nazi regime--the secret conspiracy that resulted in an attempt on Hitler's life in 1944.
Stauffenberg was a member of the old German aristocracy in whom the old principles of duty toward God, man, and the country were embodied. At great personal risk to all involved, plans for the unsuccessful coup d'etat began early in 1940 among a group of aristocrats and members of the German Army's General Staff. Although the reader knows the outcome of the plot, the details have all the fascination of a high-grade fiction thriller, with suspense building up incident by incident as the conspirators meet in secret. The general reader, as well as the military historian, to whom it is essential, will find the story deeply engrossing.
Stauffenberg was executed in his thirty-seventh year, with a call to Germany on his lips. To quote the author, "His epitaph may well stand as the sentence he himself once wrote of a friend killed in action: 'I believe that heaven will be merciful to those who make the supreme sacrifice in fulfillment of their duty.'"
H.R. Trevor-Roper writes in his Introduction: "We must be grateful to Herr Kramarz...who has given us a clear personal portrait of the man who, in our century, had both the conviction and the courage of the great tyrannicides of the past."« less