COUNT CLAUS VON STAUFFENBERG

COUNT CLAUS VON STAUFFENBERG (1907–1944)

A Wehrmacht officer and aristocrat who having lost an eye and hand while fighting for the Third Reich, became one of the leading players in the German Resistance and its failed attempt to assassinate Hitler on July 20, 1944. As the man responsible for placing the bomb at the Fuhrer’s feet, he was shot without a trial as a traitor for having drafted and participated in Operation Valkyrie. His immediate burial with military honours was ordered, but the next day the SS exhumed his body, stripped it of medals and cremated it so as to leave him no memorial.

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