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20th July 2004

Hitler Assassin

On 20 July 1944 Adolf Hitler survived a third 
assassination attempt whilst attending a war briefing at the Nazi headquarters in Rastenberg, East Prussia.


Germans are marking the 60th anniversary of an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and the German President, Horst Koehler, will honour the ringleaders of the plot in a ceremony at a former army headquarters in Berlin where some of the plotters were executed.

On 20 July 1944, Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg planted a bomb during a meeting at Hitler's headquarters in East Prussia, which is now Poland. The bomb, in a briefcase, exploded but Hitler survived virtually unscathed. He was protected from the force of the blast by a conference table.

The assassination attempt was hatched by a group of friends and family of the trusted German officer Count Von Stauffenberg, who been injured at the front in North Africa. He was part of Hitler's inner circle and regularly attended Nazi briefings.

But hours after the failed assassination attempt, Stauffenberg and other army officers implicated in the plot were rounded up and executed on Hitler's orders. 

The Stauffenberg plotters are today regarded by many Germans as heroes who tried to free Germany from the Nazi regime - but some historians claim a great opportunity was wasted because of a series of errors and lack of planning on the part of the conspirators.

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHO WAS THERE AND WHO WAS INJURED IN THE BOMB BLAST

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