Arthur Adam

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Arthur Adam
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branch German Army
RankWachtmeister (Master Sargeant)
Battles/warsSecond World War

Arthur Adam was the Chief Telephonist at Adolf Hitler's Wolfschanze HQ at East Prussia.[1] Adam was a Wachtmeister (Master Sargeant) in the German Army.

Bomb attempt against Hitler[edit]

When Colonel Count Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg carried out a bomb attempt against Hitler’s life on July 20th, 1944, it was first supposed that it had been a time bomb left by the workers of the Todt Organization [2] who had been renovating the bunkers in the period just before.[1]

In the following hours, von Stauffenberg was not a suspect. Arthur Adam's telephone hall was next to the vestibule where Stauffenberg had left his cap and his belt.[3]

At this time, the Chief Telephonist Arthur Adam who saw Stauffenberg running away from the HQ, leaving his belongings behind did not know what to do. He walked about the site of the explosion. It was not his duty to take part in the investigation, however, he wanted to tell the investigators what he saw.[2]

He systematically tried to approach various army officers to report that he saw the suspicious Stauffenberg escapade. However, he was often called to attention and reminded not to raise suspicion against such a highly reputed colonel.[3]

Adam did not give up his detective role and came to see Hitler’s personal adjutant Heinz Linge to inform him that Colonel von Stauffenberg came out of the conference room and went straight into a car out of the HQ.[1]

They end up telling the story to Martin Bormann, Hitler's Secretary and in the practice, the most powerful man in the Nazi Party after Hitler himself.[3]

Adam tells Bormann that he is sure that Stauffenberg must have committed the attempt against the Führer's life, as he saw the colonel leaving the conference in a hurry without his cap, his valise and his belt.[3] Bormann does not hesitate for a moment and takes Adam directly before Hitler.[3] When Hitler heard Adam's testimony, he is supposed to have declared: “Stauffenberg is the perpetrator of the attack! Arrest him immediately!”[1]

For identifying Stauffenberg, Adam received a bônus (of 30,000[1] or 20,000[3] Reichmarks) and a (large[1] or small[3]) house in Berlin.[1][3]

He is described to be the chief intelligence officer in the Chancellery of the Reich on April 26, 1945.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h PARPAROV, Fyodor; SALEYEV, Igor (2005). The Hitler Book - The Secret Dossier prpared for Stalin from the Interrogation of Hitler's Personal Aides. New York: PublicAffairs. pp. 157, 162, 248. ISBN 9781586483661.
  2. ^ a b HERNÁNDEZ, Jesus (2008). Operación Walkiria. Madrid: Ediciones Nowtilus SL. pp. 143–158. ISBN 9788497636339.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h KNIEBE, Tobias (2009). Operation Valküre (in Portuguese). Berlin: Rowohlt verlag GmbH. p. 195. ISBN 9788576654261.