Stauffenberg and other co-conspirators were summarily executed after a bomb the army officer planted at Hitler’s east Prussian HQ failed to kill him on July 20 1944.
The plot to kill him and overthrow the Nazi state called Operation Valkyrie, which was made into a film starring Tom Cruise as the doomed nobleman, was hatched by disillusioned army officers who knew Germany had no chance of winning the war and who were disgusted by atrocities they witnessed on the eastern front.
Stauffenberg and several others were shot dead in the courtyard of the Bendlerblock, the army HQ in the centre of Berlin, in the hours following the coup attempt. Their last resting place was never found until now.
A former cemetery inspector at the Gueterfelde graveyard in the Wilmersdorf district of Berlin left behind a will stating that he had been told of a “mysterious action” in the night of July 20 and 21, 1944 by his predecessor who died in the 50s.
This man told him how he was woken from his sleep by a detachment of “excited” SS men who asked to be “guided to an area where they could dig a grave big enough to take 10 bodies.” After the cemetery inspector showed them where to dig he was dispatched back to his quarters and warned to “say nothing” of the night’s proceedings. He was convinced, following news of the failed plot in the following days, that Stauffenberg and his fellow conspirators had been buried there.