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Nina Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg

"Nina" Schenk
Gräfin von Stauffenberg
Born Magdalena Elisabeth Vera Lydia Herta von Lerchenfeld
(1913-08-27)August 27, 1913
Died April 2, 2006(2006-04-02) (aged 92)
Kirchlauter, near Bamberg, Bavaria
Resting place Kirchlauter
Nationality Lithuanian born German
Known for wife of Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
Spouse(s) Claus von Stauffenberg
Children Berthold Maria Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
Heimeran Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
Franz-Ludwig Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
Valerie Ida Huberta Karoline Anna Maria Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg
Konstanze Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg
Parent(s) Gustav Freiherr von Lerchenfeld
Anna Freiin von Stackelberg

"Nina" Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg (27 August 1913 – 2 April 2006) was the wife of Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, the leader of the failed plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler on 20 July 1944. Following the plot's failure, she was arrested and imprisoned, during which time she delivered her youngest child.

Early years

Born Magdalena Elisabeth Vera Lydia Herta von Lerchenfeld in Kowno, Imperial Russia (now Kaunas, Lithuania), she was known by her nickname "Nina". Her father was the Bavarian nobleman and politician General Consul Gustav Freiherr von Lerchenfeld (1871–1944) and her mother Anna Freiin von Stackelberg (1880–1945), a Baltic-German noblewoman.

Gräfin von Stauffenberg

Nina von Lerchenfeld first met Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg around 1930. They were married on 26 September 1933 in Bamberg, Bavaria, making Nina the Countess (Gräfin) von Stauffenberg. Although Nina's and Claus von Stauffenberg's mothers were Protestant, the couple's children were raised as Catholics, in accordance with von Stauffenberg's father's wishes.

The marriage produced five children:

After her husband's failed attempt to assassinate Hitler – he was summarily executed the following evening – the Countess von Stauffenberg was arrested by the Gestapo and taken into custody under the ancient Sippenhaft law reinstated by the Nazi government. Her five children were placed in an orphanage in Bad Sachsa, Lower Saxony, under the surname Meister.

At the time of her husband's death, von Stauffenberg was pregnant and, in January 1945, gave birth to her fifth child, Konstanze, while imprisoned in a Nazi maternity center in Frankfurt an der Oder. That same year, her own mother, Anna, died in a Russian detainees camp.

By the end of World War II, von Stauffenberg had been moved to the Italian province of South Tyrol. There she was held as a hostage in return for the redemption of Nazi property. After the war, she was reunited with her family at the Stauffenberg family seat in Lautlingen, Baden-Württemberg.


Nina Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg died in Kirchlauter, near Bamberg, Bavaria, on 2 April 2006. She was 92. She was buried in Kirchlauter six

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