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Stauffenberg - fateful hour
In the spring of 1945, the SS detention center in Buchenwald for "special prisoners" of the Reich Security Main Office was also cleared. Among them were Dietrich Bonhoeffer, General Friedrich von Ratenau and Hauptmann Ludwig Gehre of the counter-intelligence, who, like Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, were murdered in the Flossenbürg concentration camp.
Almost until the end of the war, Melitta von Stauffenberg was able to look after her husband Alexander and other "prisoners of the family". She self-confidently used her wartime position to visit relatives and to distribute food. She flew dives with the Ju 88 during the day and night flights with the Arado 96, the Focker-Wulf 190 and the turbine fighter ME 262 on behalf of the Luftwaffe. She was also now working on a night landing device for the ME.
This enabled her obtaining time for her "private flights". She usually flew with the famous Fiesler "Storch", which could land almost anywhere. She flew to Buchenwald twice. Although she had the necessary permits through her work, she always had one foot before the court-martial. The Nazis would never knowingly allow such flights. After the birth of Claus von Stauffenberg's daughter Constanze, his widow Nina and her child stayed in the Sankt-Josephs-Krankenhaus in Potsdam until April 1945.
Melitta von Stauffenberg visited her by bicycle, the ribbon of the Iron Cross and the Pilot's Badge in gold with diamonds were provocatively emblazoned on her uniform jacket. The chief physician, who had previously worked for Göring as a flight surgeon, recognized Melitta von Stauffenberg and, because of his position and out of respect for her achievements, gave Nina von Stauffenberg and little Constanze every possible help.
How did the life of the von Stauffenberg family suddenly change? After the assassination, an apocalypse of persecution began under the unspeakable term "family liability", which hit all those involved in the resistance and their families with full force. The 85-year-old Stauffenberg uncle Berthold died in solitary confinement in Würzburg in 1944.
Stauffenberg's awareness that a nation's elite has an obligation to lead the way and set an example was always irrelevant to the Nazis. Germany was heading towards the dreamed-of collapse of all of National Socialism. For Claus von Stauffenberg, the act of July 20, 1944 was a service to the general public, a service to the last detail. Almost all the relatives of the Stauffenberg brothers were taken into clan custody, their children and those of their cousin Caesar von Hofacker were deported by the SS to Bad Sachsa in the Harz Mountains.
Here also were discovered by Melitta von Stauffenberg. Her "relief and reconnaissance flights" ended tragically in two ways: on April 8, 1945, the courageous pilot was shot down by an American fighter from behind with her unarmed machine, a Bücker 181, near Straßkirchen. She landed "properly" and died two hours later from severe bullets wounds. The last flight was for her husband Alexander von Stauffenberg.
Caroline von Stauffenberg from the von Üxküll-Gyllenband family, the mother of Claus, Berthold and Alexander, learned on July 21, 1944 in Lautlingen that her son Claus von Stauffenberg, leader of the resistance, had been shot during the night. And only in December did she learn of the death of her second son Berthold and her brother Nikolaus.
Although she had no information about the assassination movement, in December 1944 she explained to one of the few visitors to Lautlingen Castle on the southern foot of the Swabian Jura "I knew about my son's act and I approve of it". In 1948 her only surviving son, Alexander Graf Stauffenberg, was appointed to the Chair of Ancient History at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and completed his major work on Greek Sicily, "Trinakria".
In the 1950s he was one of the first to get involved in the fight against the growing threat to the world from nuclear power. After a short illness he died in 1963.
Sources: http://www.mahnung-gegen-rechts.de/page ... stunde.htm
Claus und Nina von Stauffenberg. Gunter Pirntke
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