Books: A Higher Responsibility

STAUFFENBERG by Joachim Kramarz, translated by R. H. Barry. 255 pages. Macmillan. $5.95.

History lavishes its attention on successful assassins; the failures usually get footnotes, at best. In the 23 years since his death by firing squad, Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, the German officer whose attempt to assassinate Hitler with a planted bomb was foiled by a freakish chance, has rarely rated more than brief references. Now German Historian Joachim Kramarz has pieced together the unfortunately sketchy materials on Count Stauffenberg's life and his daring plot in a readable full-length biography.

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