Haeften, Werner Karl Otto Theodore von, born 09-10-1908 in Berlin,
son of Hans von Haeften
, an officer and later president of the National Archives, and Agnes, born von Brauchitsch.
Brother: Hans-Bernd von Haeften
(1905-1944), also involved in the resistance; worked in Foreign Office, was executed 15-08-1944, age 38, in Berlin-Plotzensee. On 02-09-1930 Hans-Bernd von Haeften married Barbara Curtius (7-11-1908 -1-4-2006)
Hans-Bernd and Werner had one sister Elisabeth “Liet” Charlotte Agnes Hedwig, married Harmsen
. Werner worked for a bank in Hamburg until the outbreak of World War II, when he joined the German army. In 1943, having recovered from a severe wound
he had suffered on the Eastern Front, treated by surgeon Ferdinand Sauerbruch
the same physician that treated Claus von Stauffenberg
who was wounded seriously in Africa, serving under Erwin Rommel
He lost an eye and some fingers. Haeften became adjutant to Oberstleutnant der Kavallerie, Graf Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg
one of the leading figures in the German Resistance. Sauerbruch died age 76, on 02-07-1951, in Moers. On 20-07-1944, Haeften accompanied Stauffenberg to the military high command of the Wehrmacht near Rastenburg, East Prussia, where the latter planted a briefcase bomb in Hitler’s Wolfsschanze bunker. After the detonation, Stauffenberg and Haeften rushed to Berlin and, not knowing that Adolf Hitler
(did you know
) had survived the explosion, engaged in a coup d’état, which would swiftly fail.
Death and burial ground of Haeften, Werner Karl Otto Theodore von.
On the same day as he was arrested, Haeften, along with Stauffenberg and fellow conspirators General Friedrich Olbricht
and Oberst Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim
was arrested and condemned to death by General Friedrich Fromm. Fromm himself couldn’t deny his involvement and was executed age 56, on 12-03-1945.
All four were shot after midnight by a ten-man firing squad from the Grossdeutschland Guard Battalion in the courtyard of the War Ministry, the Bendlerblock. When Stauffenberg was about to be shot, in a last gesture of loyalty and defiance, Haeften placed himself in the path of the bullets meant for Stauffenberg. Haeften’s brother Hans-Bernd was executed on 15-08-1944 at Plötzensee Prison
. The victims had a temporary grave on the Alter Sankt Matheaus Friedhof, in Berlin, but after a few weeks the bodies were removed from the grave, burned by the SS and the ashes scattered on a secret place.