Portrait of an Assassin

Original Title: Stauffenberg

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 368 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in., 1 b/w illustration
ISBN: 978-3-89667-411-1
€ 24.00 [D] | € 24.70 [A] | CHF 33.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Blessing

Date of publication: March 11, 2019
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Thomas  Karlauf - Stauffenberg


A completely new view of the man who wanted to kill Hitler

Who was Claus von Stauffenberg? The figure of the army officer who, at midday of July 20, 1944, set off the bomb that was meant to kill Hitler, has always been a hazy one in literature. We know the long path of the opposition that finally led to the attempted assassination, but even today we have no convincing picture of the assassin's personality.

This new Stauffenberg biography is based on the latest research, takes hitherto unknown sources into account and is an attempt to reconstruct the assassin's world of ideas. The standards influencing Stauffenberg's thoughts and deeds were compatible for him with Hitler's policies for a long time. It was not until the summer of 1942 that he began to have second thoughts and place an officer's political responsibility over and above duty and discipline. When two years later he took action he felt let down by most of his fellow conspirators.

"An extremely impressive and convincing analysis of Stauffenberg's ideas and views; one that avoids moralising and strongly emphasises the largely political and military responsibility that finally led to Stauffenberg's courageous act on July 20, 1944." Ian Kershaw

"A gripping and exciting book and virtually unputdownable. It is also a courageous book, largely because it tries to understand Stauffenberg out of his time, and I have learned a lot from it." Volker Rühe, former German defence minister

"Abstaining from any moral evaluation, very impressive and compelling analysis of Stauffenberg’s world of ideas."

Ian Kershaw


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