GENERAL HELMUTH STIEFF

GENERAL HELMUTH STIEFF (1901–1944) was Chief of the organization section of the Abwehr and a member of the German Resistance. Hitler did not conceal his personal dislike of him, calling him a “poisonous little dwarf.” Stieff volunteered to be the ‘trigger man’ for the July 1944 assassination attempt, but reneged at the last moment. Nevertheless, he was arrested by the Gestapo on July 21 and brutally tortured. On August 8, he was tried and executed.

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