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July 20, 2011

Stauffenberg — the hero of the July 20th Plot

Filed under: World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:41 am

Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg

Today is the anniversary of the July 20th Plot to assassinate Hitler in 1944.  The hero of the plot, which failed, was Lt. Col. Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, the man on the left in the photo above.  You can read all about it here.

Notice the resemblance to Tom Cruise who played Stauffenberg in a movie about the plot.  For some reason, the movie never caught on, and it quickly faded into oblivion. I don’t even remember the title of the movie.



    One time Stefan George 
and Klaus Maria Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
    and his symmetrical twin brothers, 
    Berthold and Alexander, 
    were all soaking together in a tub 
fed by a natural hot springs
    at Monte Verita in the Swiss alps. 
    Suddenly a glob of spunk
    floated to the surface
    Like a dead white catfish,
    Only in miniature. 
    They all noticed it at once. 
    Klaus turned to Berthold,
    who was seated next to 
    the mystic poet Stephan George, 
and asked, “Who farted?”

    Comment by who+ dares +wings — July 20, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

  2. What is also unmentioned in the movie (and largely glossed over by history) is that up to around the time of his injury, Stauffenberg was a fanatical nazi. I once worked with an individual who was a close relative of his wife Nina. When I made this point over dinner, he grew visibly, almost violently upset. Of course, being surrounded by work colleagues who wouldn’t know Stauffenberg from Tojo or Indiana Jones, I changed the subject and went back to my steak.

    Comment by schlageter — July 20, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

  3. LOL…”Valkyrie”. the greatest anecdote to come from that movie’s production was, on the first day of filming, Cruise assembled cast and crew at the BendlerStrasse (now StauffenbergStrasse) location where the traitors were shot. Gathering round the memorial bust of Stauffenberg in the courtyard, Cruise asked for a moment of silence. at that moment, whether deliberately or accidentally, someone chose to let out an enormous fart. Cruise apparently became enraged, and actually demanded that the cameraman filming the occaision hand over the tape to try to identify from whence the flatulance came. Not sure if the story ended in the culprit being identified or held accountable, but im told that the tape of this exists.

    Comment by schlageter — July 20, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    • Thanks for reminding me of the title. I wrote a review of the movie after I saw it. I was disappointed in the movie. If you read my review at you might find that some of the things about which I was very critical are some of the reasons that the movie failed. The movie had a limited audience because it had no human interest and it was hard to understand except for history experts. A person shouldn’t have to do a lot of research before seeing a movie.

      Comment by furtherglory — July 20, 2011 @ 11:55 am

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