Berlin unveils statue of Hitler would-be assassin Elser
Germany has inaugurated a statue of the man who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1939.
A 17-metre (56ft) steel sculpture of Georg Elser has been unveiled in the capital, Berlin, by German playwright Rolf Hochhuth.
The memorial, which cost 200,000 euros (£170,000), was built on Mr Hochhuth's initiative, after the city authorities dismissed the project as too expensive.
In the end, the Berlin state senate financed the Elser sculpture.
On 8 November 1939, Georg Elser, a communist carpenter, planted a homemade bomb in a brewery in Munich where leading figures of the Nazi regime had gathered, including Joseph Goebbels and Hitler himself.
The bomb exploded just minutes after Hitler left - earlier than expected - and killed eight people.
Elser was arrested near the Swiss border and held for five years in the Dachau concentration camp, where he was executed on 9 April 1945, only days before Hitler committed suicide.
Elser's action was overshadowed by another assassination attempt against Hitler, known as Operation Valkyrie led by a group of Nazi officers.
That plot, perpetrated on 20 July 1944, became the best-known instance of homegrown resistance against Hitler during World War II.