Lot 406: German officer (1907–1944) who was one of the leading members of the failed plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler as part of Operation Valkyrie. He was executed by firing squad after the failure of the operation. Exceedingly desirable pair of World War II–dated DSs in German: one signed in pencil, "Graf Stauffenberg," one page, 8.25 x 11.75, April 5, 1943, bestowing the Iron Cross 2nd Class decoration upon three members of Panzer Regiment 7 in Africa; and one signed in fountain pen, "Stauffenberg," one page, 8.25 x 11.75, June 23, 1944, ordering office supplies. In overall very good condition, with expected document wear including filing holes to the left sides, foxing and toning, and chipping to edges. These documents both date to important periods of planning the operation against Hitler—on April 7, 1943, two days after the earlier document, von Stauffenberg was severely wounded and hospitalized, during which time he met other members of the resistance movement and conspirators in the assassination plot. The second dates to less than a month before the assassination attempt, known as the '20 July plot,' took place, and two weeks before Stauffenberg decided to play the lead role in the operation. A truly remarkable set of documents from two crucial moments in the development of the famed Operation Valkyrie.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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