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Claus Von Stauffenberg
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Military Personnel
    (November 15, 1907-July 20, 1944)
    Hauptmann (captain) in the Sixth Panzer Division (1937-1943)
    Awarded the Iron Cross (May 31, 1940)
    Oberstleutnant (lieutenant colonel) in the German military (January 1943-1944)
    Chief of Staff of the Reserve Army (1943-1944)
    Main conspirator in the failed plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler (July 20, 1944)
    Captured and executed by firing squad (1944)
    His full name was Claus Philip Maria Schenk von Stauffenberg.
    He was described as cranky and obstinate.
    He joined the Nazi Party because he agreed with some of its ideals (1933).
    He participated in the German campaigns in Poland, France, Russia, and Africa.
    His plot to kill Hitler was unsuccessful.
    He joined the Nazis mainly out of a sense of love for his homeland.
    He was appalled by the atrocities of the SS killing squads.
    He lost his left eye and right hand in an Allied aerial attack (1943).
    Determining that Hitler was leading Germany to ruin, he decided to kill him (1944).
    He left a briefcase filled with explosives in a briefing room Hitler was in. The bomb went off, killing four but leaving Hitler alive.
    His last words before being executed for treason were, 'Long live our sacred Germany.'
    He once said that Hitler was 'evil personified.'
    He is considered a hero of the resistance against the Nazi regime.

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