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The Hitler Conspirator (Hardback)

The Story of Kurt Baron von Plettenberg and Stauffenberg’s Valkyrie Plot to Kill the Führer

WWII Frontline Books Hitler & the Third Reich

By Professor Eberhard Schmidt
Frontline Books
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 8 page plate section
ISBN: 9781473856912
Published: 5th June 2017



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Kurt Baron von Plettenberg (1891-1945) was the descendant of Westphalian aristocratic family, and a soldier in both world wars. The expectations, which he along with many of his later fellow conspirators of the 20 July 1944 plot to kill Hitler initially had of the “Third Reich”, are soon disappointed, when he recognises the true nature of the regime. When he accepts the office as general agent of the former Prussian royal house of the Hohenzollerns in 1942, he already belongs to the inner circle of the resistance planning Operation Valkyrie.

After the assassination attempt, however, he is not immediately discovered as one of the conspirators. Out of consideration for the house of Hohenzollern, which Hitler considers to be his most dangerous internal enemy, he acted more carefully than many others. Yet only a few weeks before the end of the war Plettenberg is finally denounced and arrested, too.

This biography shows for the first time how Kurt von Plettenberg, who belonged to the inner circle of conspirators around Stauffenberg, found a way to prevail during those difficult times and how significantly he influenced the resistance.

This biography is an interesting account of one of the key figures in the resistance movement ans his brave sacrifice to save the lives of others.

Britain at War, September 2017 – reviewed by Robert Mitchell

About Professor Eberhard Schmidt

Professor Dr Eberhard Schmidt was born in Berlin in 1939. He studied German, History and Philosophy. In 1973, he received his professorial chair. In 2004, he became director of the Institute of Political Science at the University of Oldenburg.

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