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This book examines the extraordinary personality of Claus Count Stauffenberg, a key figure in the 1944 coup attempt against Hitler. Stauffenberg’s personality is thrown into relief by a study of his two brothers and other family members and friends. The three Stauffenberg brothers, Berthold, Alexander, and Claus, were inseparable both emotionally and intellectually. Their view of human existence was rooted in their south-German aristocratic background, in classical antiquity, and in Christian culture. This ‘family biography’ describes how the brothers’ professions and their political and military environments led them to take fundamental positions on their government’s and Hitler’s tyranny. Inevitably the book focuses on Claus Count Stauffenberg’s military career and his fight to overthrow Hitler, culminating in the attempted assassination and coup of 20 July 1944. No other work has yet probed Stauffenberg’s life and mind so deeply, or has offered such a comprehensive account of resistance to Hitler at the highest administrative level.
This book examines the extraordinary personality of Claus Count Stauffenberg: poet, soldier, Christian, nobleman, General-Staff officer, Panzer-division quartermaster, and arch enemy of Hitler. In 1944 he was a key figure in the failed coup attempt against Hitler, culminating in an assassination attempt that nearly succeeded. Stauffenberg's personality is thrown into relief by a study of his two brothers and several other family members and friends. No other work has yet probed Stauffenberg's life and mind so deeply, or has offered such a comprehensive account of resistance to Hitler at the highest level.
A biography of Claus Count Stauffenberg, who attempted a coup against Hitler in 1944, and of his brothers and family.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-412) and index.
Table of Contents
Prologue; 1. Childhood, World War, new beginning; 2. Secret Germany; 3. Reichswehr; 4. Upset; 5. In the Third Reich; 6. Crisis and war; 7. In the General Staff; 8. Stauffenberg turns against Hitler; 9. Front line duty; 10. Conspiracy; 11. Internal coup plans; 12. External plans; 13. Assassination plans; 14. Launching the insurrection; 15. Uprising; Epilogue; Appendices; Glossary; Abbreviations; Sources.