Claus von Stauffenberg

German army officer and aristocrat

Claus Philipp Maria Justinian Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg[1] (15 November 1907 – 21 July 1944) was a German army officer and Catholic aristocrat.

Claus Philipp Maria Justinian Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
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Stauffenberg at the Kavallerieregiment 17 during 1936
Born
Claus Philipp Maria Schenk

(1907-11-15)15 November 1907
Died21 July 1944(1944-07-21) (aged 36)
Cause of deathExecution by Firing Squad
NationalityGerman
EmployerWehrmacht Heer
Known for20 July plot coordinator
TitleOberst (Colonel)
Spouse(s)Nina Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg
Parent(s)Alfred Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
Caroline Schenk Gräfin
(von Stauffenberg family)
RelativesGm Berthold Maria Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (son), Franz-Ludwig Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (son)

Stauffenberg was a leader of the failed 20 July plot of 1944 that aimed to kill the German dictator, Adolf Hitler, and to remove the Nazi Party from power in Germany. With Henning von Tresckow and Hans Oster, Stauffenberg was one of the central figures of the German resistance within the Wehrmacht.

For his involvement in the plot to kill Hitler, Stauffenberg was executed, as were many other German resistance members.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Gerd Wunder: Die Schenken von Stauffenberg. Müller & Gräff, 1972, p. 480