Schenk von Stauffenberg-Lerchenfeld, Magdalena “Nina”, born Lerchenfeld, on 27-08-1913 in Kaunas, Lithuania,to General Consul Gustav Freiherr von Lerchenfeld (1871–1944) and a Baltic-German noblewoman, Anna Freiin von Stackelberg (1880–1945). She married Oberst Claus von Stauffenberg, an officer in the German army and a key player in the internal conspiracy to assassinate Hitler during World War II. Nina and Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg first met around 1930 and were married on 26-09-1933 in Bamberg. General Paul von Hindenburg is buried in Bamberg. In accordance with von Stauffenberg’s father’s tradition, the couple’s children were raised as Catholics, although Nina and Stauffenberg’s own mother were Protestant. The marriage produced five children: Berthold Maria Schenk Graf ov Stauffenberg in 1934. Heimeran Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg , born in Bamberg 09-07-1936, unmarried and without issue. Franz Ludwig Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, born in 1938. Valerie Ida Huberta Karoline Anna Maria Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg, born in Bamberg, 15-11-1940, died in München, 04-06-1966, married on 04-04-1964 Heino von L’Estocq and Konstanze Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg, born in Frankfurt an der Oder, January 1945, she married on 08-04-1967 Dietrich von Schultheiss-Rechberg, born in Zurich, 13-10-1937
. Konstanze was born six months after the death of her father. She lives in Zurich. In 2008 she published a biography of her mother
Nina was a loving wife and mother, well aware and supportive of her husband’s involvement in the plot to kill the Fuhrer. On the day of the assassination attempt, her mother called the children to her and told them what had happened. She told the 10 and eight-year-old sons: “Papa made a mistake and that is why they shot him.” She told them that assuming that the Nazis would interrogate the children. Distancing herself from his actions, difficult as it was for her, was a strategy to protect them. She also told them that she was pregnant and was expecting a child. “A fateful moment,” said Constanze von Schulthess. “Life and death were shaking hands.”After “Operation Valkyrie” fails, Claus is executed and Nina is arrested by the Gestapo, accused of being a co-conspirator, with the four von Stauffenberg children sent to an orphanage under the false name of “Meister.” Nina von Stauffenberg was pregnant at the time of Stauffenberg’s death, and gave birth to her fifth child, Constanze, in January 1945, while imprisoned in a Nazi maternity center in Frankfurt an der Oder.
That same year, nina’s own mother, Anna, died in a Russian camp. By the end of World War II, Nina had been moved to the Italian province of South Tyrol, where 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.
Death and burial ground of Schenk von Stauffenberg-Lerchenfeld, Magdalena, Elisabeth, Vera, “Nina” Gräfin von.
She lived to tell her husband’s tale in Kirchlauter, Bavaria, where she at the very old age of 92 died on 02-04-2006.
She is buried on the local cemetery of Kirchlauter, Bavaria.