Stauffenberg: Symbol of Resistance (Hardback)
The Man Who Almost Killed Hitler
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On 20th July 1944, senior officers gathered at the Wolfschanze – the Wolf’s Lair – Hitler’s headquarters in East Prussia. Amongst those men was Colonel Claus Schenk Count von Stauffenberg, chief of staff of the Reserve Army, and with him he carried a briefcase packed with explosives.
A little after midday the building was rocked by a massive explosion. Five men were killed, others wounded and the interior of the Wolfschanze was wrecked. Believing that he had killed the German Führer, von Stauffenberg set off for Berlin to initiate Operation Valkyrie – the coup d’etat to overthrow the Nazi regime.
Hitler, of course, did not die that day and Stauffenberg and his co-conspirators were rounded up and executed. But what motivated Stauffenberg to attempt such a mission? Was Stauffenberg a traitor or a patriot?
After decades of analysing the sources and eyewitness reports, the renowned historian Wolfgang Venohr revealed the true nature of the man behind the most audacious assassination attempt of the Second World War.
Like many others, Stauffenberg smarted from Germany’s humiliating defeat in 1918 and the punishing terms of the Treaty of Versailles. Indeed, until the late 1930s Stauffenberg agreed with much of the National Socialist ideology, which sought to re-establish Germany as the most powerful nation in Europe. But, increasingly, he sees his country sliding to defeat yet again at the hands of a leader who has lost his grip on reality. Stauffenberg believed he had no choice but to act.
I have never seen the film Valkyrie, with Tom Cruise, but I lapped this up as a true and fantastic account of Stauffenberg and his convoluted plot to assassinate the Fuhrer. Another Boys’ Own Paper story, this time involving the very highest eschelons of the Third Reich. Brilliant.Books Monthly
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This book covers the background of Stauffenberg from his early life, right up until his execution at the hands of those who were still loyal to their Fuhrer. I found this publication both informative and engaging, which almost makes you feel as if you were there during the Assassination attempt on the 20th July 1944 and the executions of those involved including Von Stauffenberg’s death on the 21st July 1944 by firing squad which was carried out in the Courtyard of the Bendlerblock in Berlin. Venohr who was around 19 during the war has written an excellent book and has really taken on the urgency Germany was experiencing trying to end the war before more lives were lost and Hitler was adamant on if he was to fall, the Fatherland and all in it should fall with him also.Armorama
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