Stauffenberg: A Family History, 1905-1944 / Edition 3

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This book examines the extraordinary personality of Claus Count Stauffenberg, a key figure in the 1944 coup attempt against Hitler. Stauffenberg's personality is thrown into relief by a study of his two brothers and other family members and friends. The three Stauffenberg brothers, Berthold, Alexander, and Claus, were inseparable both emotionally and intellectually. Their view of human existence was rooted in their south-German aristocratic background, in classical antiquity, and in Christian culture. This 'family biography' describes how the brothers' professions and their political and military environments led them to take fundamental positions on their government's and Hitler's tyranny. Inevitably the book focuses on Claus Count Stauffenberg's military career and his fight to overthrow Hitler, culminating in the attempted assassination and coup of 20 July 1944. No other work has yet probed Stauffenberg's life and mind so deeply, or has offered such a comprehensive account of resistance to Hitler at the highest administrative level.

In 1944 Claus Stauffenberg was a key figure in a failed coup attempt against Hitler, culimating in an assassination attempt that very nearly succeeded. Providing insights into the workings of the German resistance movement, this fascinating book examines the extraordinary personality of the man who dared commit such dangerous acts.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Originally published in 1955, this is the story of three brothers, Berthold, Alexander, and Claus von Stauffenberg, whose lives evolve from idyllic childhood in a wealthy noble family to martyrdom in the resistance against Hitler.
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This family biography of Berthold, Alexander, and Claus Stauffenberg, brothers and prime movers in the July 1944 bomb plot against Adolf Hitler, describes their youth and formative years; their association with and influence of poet Stefan George and his circle; and the professional and political development which led them to take fundamental positions on the military ethos and on their government's and Hitler's tyranny. Based on a collection of sources, from family papers and correspondence to information from numerous contemporaries. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773535442
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 993,897
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Hoffmann is William Kingsford Professor of History, McGill University, and the author of The History of the German Resistance, 1933-1945.
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations

1 Childhood, a World War, and a new beginning

2 Secret Germany

3 Reichswehr

4 Sea change

5 In the Third Reich

6 Crisis and war

7 On the General Staff

8 Stauffenberg turns against Hitler

9 In the front line

10 Conspiracy

11 Planning the coup: internal preparations

12 Contacts abroad

13 Assassination plans

14 Launching the insurrection

15 Uprising






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