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Stauffenberg: A Family History, 1905-1944 Hardcover – 12 Oct 1995


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  • Hardcover: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First English Edition edition (12 Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521453070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521453073
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,592,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… a meticulously researched biography … thought-provoking …'. The Boston Globe

'… the chief strength of Hoffmann's meticulously researched study is that it permits us to see the Stauffenbergs as men of their era.' Christopher Clark, Times Higher Education Supplement

'What if the anti-Nazi conspirators had succeeded in blowing up Hitler in July 1944? While it would have shortened the war, it would have made little difference to the peace, argues Peter Hoffmann in this brilliant biography.' The Financial Times

'… a work of enormous erudition … The book also gives a gripping and authoritative account of the planning and execution of the conspiracy itself.' Jonathan Wright, Oxford University

'A model of dispassionate historical investigation and exposition … This book is a major contribution to a specific historical discussion and a model of immense erudition, exhaustive research, and intense moral concern.' Robert W. Whalen, American Historical Review

'… an immensely readable book, which locates Stauffenberg's life, career and personal political dilemmas in the broader intellectual and political history of the time.' Tim Kirk, English Historical Review

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This book examines the extraordinary personality of Claus Count Stauffenberg: poetic youth, soldier, Christian, nobleman, and enemy and would-be assassin of Hitler. This is the most detailed account of Stauffenberg's life and mind yet to be undertaken, based on a comprehensive collection of source material.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
Peter Hoffmann's biography of Stauffenberg is the best anyone is likely to write on the subject. The book comprehensively assesses all primary sources hitherto used by Stauffenberg's previous biographers, plus many additional sources which the author himself found. Hoffmann's previous books, among them 'THE HISTORY OF THE GERMAN RESISTANCE, 1933-1945', and 'HITLER'S PERSONAL SECURITY' serve as a foundation to this work which, all told, spans 30 years of scholarly research. As the depth and breadth of this study eclipses any other attempt to date, its conclusions are unassailably judicious. Thus, Hoffmann's 'STAUFFENBERG' has made perhaps the most definitive contribution to the historical field of resistance to the Third Reich.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mangilli-climpson m on 11 Sep 2011
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In 2008 there were many unkind comments about Tom Cruise and the film Valkyrie Valkyrie [DVD]in which he starred as Count Claus von Stauffenberg. Most were on details (see Valyrie goofs), but in Germany it was centred more on Cruise's religious beliefs of Scientology. The film (directed by Bryan Singer) was based on and worked with Peter Hoffmann, a twenty year scholar on the German Resistance and on the von Stauffenberg family. The question, given the film is not a documentary, was the product written by Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander entertaining, and most of all faithful to the book.

The book is the story not just of Claus but of the three brothers: Claus, Berthold (Alexander Seidl), and Alexander. It traces their beliefs linked to the closed circle of friends of the poet Stefan George. In general, they worked as a secret society even before the advent of National Socialism, but because of the secrecy, and due to the importance of Claus in the failed attempt on Hitler's life on Thursday July 20th, 1944, the first half of the book is a long introduction in order to understand the philosophy behind the plotters' preparation and the immediate weeks prior to the event. Both the film and the book each ends with the firing squad and Claus' shot "Long live holy Germany!" The introduction is vital principally to comprehend why a noble, a devoted Catholic family man, and his two brothers moved their allegiances from being the natural supporters of the state as others of their class, to becoming hardened enemies and planners to overthrow it.
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Es lebe unser heiliges Deutschland! 16 Nov 2005
By Coastwatcher - Published on Amazon.com
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"Long live our holy Germany" were the last words of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg on the night of July 20, 1944. Peter Hoffmann's magnificient book is a salute to the Stauffenberg brothers and most importantly Claus von Stauffenberg. Stauffenberg was the real thing, a man of deep Christian principles and extradionary courage who knew that the future of Germany was more important than his life and the life of his fellow conspirators. He made the ultimate sacrifice so that others could live in freedom. Stauffenberg is not only a hero of Germany, but of anyone on earth who loves freedom and respects the laws of God and humanity. Stauffenberg was Germany's guardian angel, who attempted to save his nation and slay the man he deemed "the antichrist." Doctor Hoffmann paints a wonderful picture of Stauffenberg's early life and military career. He then moves into minute detail of the plot to kill Hitler and the man whom fate had chosen to lead it. Simply a great scholastic achievement.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
The ultimate Stauffenberg biography. 25 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Peter Hoffmann's biography of Stauffenberg is the best anyone is likely to write on the subject. The book comprehensively assesses all primary sources hitherto used by Stauffenberg's previous biographers, plus many additional sources which the author himself found. Hoffmann's previous books, among them 'THE HISTORY OF THE GERMAN RESISTANCE, 1933-1945', and 'HITLER'S PERSONAL SECURITY' serve as a foundation to this work which, all told, spans 30 years of scholarly research. As the depth and breadth of this study eclipses any other attempt to date, its conclusions are unassailably judicious. Thus, Hoffmann's 'STAUFFENBERG' has made perhaps the most definitive contribution to the historical field of resistance to the Third Reich.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
"It must be done. Now." 17 July 2008
By J from NY - Published on Amazon.com
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Aside from being the single man in history to make several (and one very famous) attempts on the life of Adolf Hitler, Claus Von Stauffenberg was a unique guy.

Born in 1907 to Prussian aristocracy, Stauffenberg was playing the cello, reciting Shakespeare, and taking an interest in Catholic theology
by the age of exactly 12. Had he made a career out of any of these three, his fate would have been less cruel. Claus Von Stauffenberg, though, was a born soldier.

Ultimately becoming a General Staff officer in the German Abwehr, Stauffenberg and his brothers Berthold and Alexander still made considerable time for poet Stefan George, and were part of his "Secret Germany", a quasi-mystical poetic cult of sorts which worshipped George as "Master, and the three brothers were were prophesied by the poet manque as the future leaders of the Fatherland. Goethe, Holderlin, Rilke and Nietzsche were heralded as the predecessors of the movement. The problem with the entire affair was that George was not very talented and his literary salon was composed mostly of teenage boys.

Despite George, the slow but sure rise of the Third Reich (which, like most Germans, Stauffenberg initially welcomed and his inevitable participation in nearly all of Germany's military campaigns, Claus Von Stauffenberg always retained an odd detachment from his surroundings and a sense of self which was very strong.

The sheer wealth and richness of not only Stauffenberg's life, but the life of his wealthy and somewhat sheltered family--his career as a decorated soldier in the Wehrmacht, his prestige as a model, and as head of the General Staff office--makes his brutal death in front of the Bendleerstrasse in Germany a surreal and bizarre turn of events.

Stauffenberg was aware of Germany's imminent defeat, yet as early as 1942 he was making some quit imprudent remarks about the Fuhrer: "In August 1942 Stauffenberg told Major Joachim Kuhn, a close friend, that the treatment of the Jews and other civilians was monstrous, *that Hitler had lied about the cause of the war*, and that he had to be removed. He then shouted: "They are shooting Jews in the masses. These crimes must not be allowed to continue!"

Then in in another outbrust which later got him arrested, news of more atrocities sparked Stauffenberg to scream in front of SS and general staff alike:"Does not one German soldier have the courage to shoot that pig?"

Attempt after attempt failed; Stauffenberg was regularly seen carrying a "remarkably plump briefcase" (as Albert Speer put it) to three different meetings in Hitler's "Wolf's Lair" in Prussia. Once Hitler did not show up: the second time Stauffenberg's incompetent superiors instructed him to not to set the fuse, and the third time the bomb exploded and by sheer chance did not kill Hitler.

Even in the face of the Gestapo's considerable wrath, Stauffenberg did his best to get the coup de'etat to to succeed. In a most fortunate turn of events for Stauffenberg, probably, a General Staff officer involved in the plot turned on the other plotters and had a handful of them, Claus included, shot on the night of July 20, 1944.

Why? Why was such a priviliged and wealthy figure in the German army who would certainly never have been charged with war crimes choose to sacrifice his life, the life of his family and friends, in an attempt so tenuous and fraught with uncertainty?

The answer, I think, lies in Stauffenberg's unbelievable bravery, sense of common decency, and Christian background. Without these things he may indeed have been a terrifying force for the Third Reich. He could no longer stomach what was going on around him. Peter Hoffmann here gives the definitive biography of this heroic man who embodies perhaps the most inspiring example of "what might have been" in history. A must read.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Definitive History of an Enduring Hero 31 May 2003
By Daniel Dennis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Of the ten or so serious biographies on Stauffenberg, this will stand as the text to refer to for comprehensiveness and objectivity. The prose is clear, the questions of enduring interest are all answered, and the reader meets the man. Unreservedly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Hitler Plot 19 April 2010
By R. Crippen - Published on Amazon.com
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Peter Hoffman's, "Stauffenberg, A Family History, 1905-1944," will ever be valued for its insights into Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, the highest echelons of the German army during the 1939-1945 war in Europe, the German nobility which existed in that era, the German opposition to Hitler, the German oppositions' actions and the Hitler assassination attempts, the biography of the brothers von Stauffenberg and all their family and - especially - Claus von Stauffenberg who led the planning for a coup d'etat and who attempted the assassination of Hitler. Some reviewer tagged, "Stauffenberg," a work of erudition. Surely it is that; there are (nearly) 150 pages of appendices, notes and index. Hoffman is a scholar, not a fine writer, and he lays out more German army units, more names - titles and ranks - than nearly anyone could want. In total, the work is fascinating. Amazon Verified Purchase.
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