Thoughts on the importance and stylisation of the most famous »role model«
of the German Resistance.
Detlef Graf von Schwerin, the youngest son of Ulrich-Wilhelm Graf von Schwerin, who was sentenced to death by the Nazi People’s Court, describes the developmental process Stauffenberg went through as he formed his own opinions and finally dared to put his beliefs into action.
The author sees this in relation to the general question of how the Germans deal with their past and current attitudes towards resistance.
Detlef Graf von Schwerin, born in 1944, studied History and Political Science, did a doctorate at the South Asia Institute at the University of Heidelberg. Active in the field of technical foreign aid from 1975 to 1990, most recently as the representative of the German voluntary overseas service in Nepal; chief of police in Potsdam from 1991 to 2002, lecturer at the Zentrum für Zeitgeschichte der Polizei (Centre for Contemporary Police History) at the Fachhochschule der Polizei (Police College) in Oranienburg from 2007 to 2009.
Also published in this series
Hartmut von Hentig: Nichts war umsonst. Stauffenbergs Not (Nothing was in Vain. Stauffenberg’s hour of need).