Facts about Claus von Stauffenberg

Claus von Stauffenberg died at 36 years old
Birthplace: Jettingen, Germany
Best known as: The German colonel who almost killed Hitler


Claus von Stauffenberg Biography

Count Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg is remembered as one of the tragic heroes of World War II, thanks to his role in a failed plot to kill Adolf Hitler in 1944.

Born into an aristocratic German family, Claus von Stauffenberg was a German army officer during the war but grew disillusioned with the Nazis. Eventually he joined a plot to kill the Nazi supreme leader, Adolf Hitler, in Hitler’s secret headquarters on the Eastern front, called the Wolfsschanze, or Wolf’s Lair.

Von Stauffenberg planted a briefcase bomb during a staff meeting with Hitler on July 20, 1944. The bomb went off as planned, but by chance Hitler was shielded by a heavy conference table and survived. Von Stauffenberg escaped the blast and flew to Berlin, where he and others had hoped to lead a coup. Instead he was captured the same day and executed early the next morning.

Extra credit

Actor Tom Cruise played Claus Von Stauffenberg in the 2008 film Valkyrie… Claus Von Stauffenberg was also played by actor Sebastian Koch in the 2004 German TV movie Stauffenberg, and by Brad Davis in the 1990 American TV movie The Plot to Kill Hitler.


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