On the 75th Anniversary of the failed July 20 assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler

Published by carolyn on Fri, 2019-07-19 00:27

By Carolyn Yeager

TRADITIONALLY, GERMANY'S CURRENT LEADERS LAY FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS IN the national colors of red and gold in the courtyard of the Bendlerblock, the large army headquarters in Berlin from where the plot leaders staged their attempted takeover of the German government and military known as Operation Valkyrie in 1944. It's still not known whether this year's 75th commemoration will be a more elaborate affair.

President of Germany bows his head in remembrance of the failed conspirators during a past July 20th commemoration ceremony at the Bendlerblock Army headquarters in Berlin.

But the yearly remembrance always gives the distorters of German history another opportunity to make their case for what a horrible, hateful dictatorship Germans suffered under with Adolf Hitler, and what heroes were those men who hatched and carried out a plan to kill their Leader—and as many others of their fellow officers and even some allies as a bomb in a small, crowded room would necessitate. It turned out to be four killed, 13 injured, without getting Hitler.

To make the violent murder attempt appear more heroic, various establishment hacks make things up which are accepted without question by readers. For example, a quote on the main Wikipedia page reads: Little could be done against Hitler as he was heavily guarded, and none of the plotters could get near enough to him.” [attributed to H. Kurtz (1945-6)]. This is patently false. Hitler was NOT heavily guarded at all and the top military brass had access to him without being disarmed. They all carried loaded sidearms, giving them the opportunity to shoot him on many occasions but none ever did. The Fuehrer reflected to Hermann Giesler afterward that they were cowards who could not face him with their dastardly act man to man, but dreamed up elaborate bomb plots which they themselves would survive and even escape detection.

In regard to this, Giesler tells a revealing story* of a day in October 1940 when he met Hitler for lunch in a small Munich restaurant he enjoyed, while en route from Spain and France to Italy. After finishing their meal, the two men sat talking alone at the table among the other restaurant-goers. Giesler recalls Hitler pausing in the telling of his frustrations with Franco to gaze around abstractedly and, noticing a few patrons looking his way, acknowledging them with a smile and gesture of greeting. I can imagine they would be surprised to say the least to find themselves lunching with the Fuehrer, but no one approached or disrespected his privacy. Quite a picture! Shortly, Hitler hand-signaled his security detail, stood up, and they left the restaurant (leaving a generous tip, no doubt—Hitler was no chump in that department). There was nothing like the amount of fuss that today would accompany an American president stopping to have lunch somewhere! [*The Artist Within the Warlord, Yeager & Kriessmann, 2017, page 74-5]

What motivated the plot leaders?

Interestingly, the common dissatisfaction noted in the most determined and central of the plotters was on religious and moral grounds. These men took their faith more seriously than the average and saw the actions against Poland and the Jews in particular as unacceptable to them personally and to Germany as a Christian nation. They were not particularly representative of Germans as a whole.

Their secondary objection was the harm caused to Germany's reputation in the rest of the world, and especially they wanted to work with the Allies, not against them—somehow imagining that it was possible even after all the statements by Churchill and Roosevelt that, Nazis or no Nazis, Germany had to go. It was the Germans themselves those leaders objected to! But these men could not see that—their opinion of themselves was so high and they were so convinced that only Hitler was the problem. Here is a rundown on just six of the most committed resistance leaders.

Claus von Stauffenberg was of aristocratic birth, both a “Graf” (Count) and a “Schenk” (cupbearer/butler of noble rank), the third of four sons of one of the oldest Catholic families in Swabia. He took up a military career and was an early supporter of the racialist and nationalist policies of the NSDAP; supported the Polish campaign and the Battle of France. His brothers became involved with the Kreisau Circle, a small, secret intellectual dissident group that discussed how they would reorganize the German government when the Third Reich fell, which they expected. Over time, the anti-Nazi rhetoric from the outside world and the rumoured treatment of the Jews wore down Stauffenberg's enthusiasm for Hitler's policies.

After suffering a serious injury while fighting in Tunisia in April 1943, in which he lost his left eye, his right hand and two fingers from his left, he was propositioned by the conspirators, especially by Henning von Tresckow. Stationed at army headquarters in Berlin, Stauffenberg's superior was General Friedrich Olbricht, who, being in control of an independent communications system for the reserve army, was designing Operation Valkyrie as a plan to sweep Hitler's regime from power in the event of his death. When Von Tresckow was deployed to the Eastern Front, Stauffenberg gained control of the resistance in Berlin. He was now ready to go all in.

Hans von Oster, the son of an Alsatian pastor of the French Protestant Church, was the earliest opponent of Hitler among the conspirators. He joined the Abwehr in 1933, where he met Hans Bernd Gisevius and Arthur Nebe of the Gestapo, who also became conspirators, and became a confidant of Abwehr head Admiral Wilhelm Canaris. He soured on the Hitler regime in 1935, and came up with a plan to overthrow the Fuehrer because of fears he would plunge Germany into war with the West over Czechoslovakia. When those fears were not realized, the plot dissipated, but Oster remained a committed foe and participant in every plot to bring down Hitler from that time onward. In 1941, his Abwehr group established connections with Henning von Tresckow's in Army Group Centre, and in 1942 Oster recruited Friedrich Olbricht, head of the General Army office at the Bendlerblock. In 1943, Oster supplied a British-made bomb for Tresckow's group to place on Hitler's plane, which however failed to go off. Later that year he was placed under house arrest for using his Abwehr connections to help Jews avoid arrest and leave the country. When Canaris' revealing diaries were discovered in April 1945, Oster was hanged along with him in the wake of the July 20 plot.

Helmut Stieff, born in West Prussia, was commissioned as a lieutenant of infantry in 1922. He joined the Wehrmacht General Staff in 1938 and, in recognition of his excellent organizational skills, was appointed Chief of Organisation at OKH in 1942. But from 1939 onwards, as he related to his wife in letters, his Christian disapproval of Adolf Hitler's conduct of the war in Poland was intense. General von Tresckow invited Stieff to join the resistance in summer 1943. Due to his position at OKH, Stieff was able to store and provide explosives for the various assassination attempts. On 7 July 1944, he personally saw to placing timed bombs in the uniforms to be shown to Hitler in Salzburg, but Hitler left early without looking at the uniforms. That's when Stauffenberg decided to undertake the July 20 plan himself.

Stieff was arrested the evening of the 20th. After receiving the death sentence at his trial in the People's Court, Stieff wrote to his wife : “(It) cannot be anything else. It is just. I erred and did wrong. It was not right to arrogantly interfere as a little human being with God's doing.”

Henning von Tresckow, another Prussian from a very old, distinguished family, was a key player in the resistance group that formed within the headquarters in Army Group Centre. He was another one who became ever more disenchanted with Hitler every time something happened that went against his high moral and honor code. Already in September 1941, still in the beginning of the Russian campaign, he was sending representatives from Army Group Centre to opposition groups in the homeland (for example those headed by retired general Ludwig Beck, politician Carl Friedrich Goerdeler and deputy Abwehr head Hans Oster) as noted in Ulrich von Hassell's diary.

It was Tresckow who hatched the plot to place a (British-made) bomb in the form of a bottle of Cointreau on Hitler's plane when he visited troops in Smolensk in March 1943. Tresckow asked the Fuehrer's travelling companion Col. Heinz Brandt to take the bottle to Col. Helmuth Stieff as payment for a lost bet, which Brandt readily agreed to. But the bomb did not detonate, perhaps because of too low temperatures in the luggage compartment. Upon landing, someone at that end was alerted and retrieved the package.

When the July 20 attempt failed, Tresckow, knowing his part would be discovered, committed suicide at the front on July 21, doing his best to disguise it as a partisan act. He may have thought he was acting out of personally honorable and Christian motives, but the treasonous behavior within Army Group Centre, and its collapse, was responsible, as much as any other single cause, for the failure of the Russian campaign and the downfall of the Third Reich.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi. Bonhoeffer was a young Protestant theologian and pastor from a large, well-educated family who came to believe in following the example of Christ as closely as possible. He opposed Hitler from the very first day of his chancellorship, with his biggest complaint having to do with the Jews ... a statement of faith issued from his church in August 1933 affirmed God's faithfulness to Jews as His chosen people. He founded the 'Confessing Church,' which declared that Christ was the head of the Church, not the Fuehrer. By 1938, Bonhoeffer had made contact with members of the German Resistance through his brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi, a Hungarian-born Jew who was brought into the Abwehr, the German military intelligence service, by Hans von Oster. Bonhoeffer was also given a position in the Abwehr on the pretext that his wide ecumenical contacts would be of use to Germany. Under this cover, Bonhoeffer served as a courier to reveal the existence and intentions of the German resistance to the Western Allies, in hopes of gaining their support.

Dohnanyi worked in the Abwehr to help Jews flee the country with sufficient money. During February 1943, he helped the Tresckow assassination attempt with the bomb that failed to go off in Hitler's plane. Then, in April he was arrested by the Gestapo, along with Bonhoeffer, on unrelated charges of foreign currency violations regarding funds he had transferred to a Swiss bank on behalf of Jews. His trial was delayed and he was sent to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in 1944 (not a bad place); after the July 20 plot failed, his involvement came to light and he was hanged.

Bonhoeffer was sent to Tegel military prison where he awaited trial for a year and a half. Upon the failure of the assassination plot, Abwehr documents revealed his close association with the conspirators. In April 1945, the discovered diaries of Wilhelm Canaris sealed the fate of the entire Abwehr network and they were hanged just days before the arrival of their US liberators.

Each of these men could be called extremists of a sort. Their extremism made them heroes to some and villains to others. It seems the more intense their Christian beliefs, the more upset they were over the National Socialist treatment of the Jews. They saw it as the responsibility of the Christian to protect the Jew from harm. As I see it, what they were mostly concerned with was losing friends and allies around the world. Though they thought of themselves as loyal German patriots, they could not put loyalty to state and nation (fellow Germans) in distress ahead of loyalty to God, the Church and the approval of the outside world. Allies were more important to them than German freedom, independence and honor - just as with the current German leadership who inherited it from them. 

[I discussed this topic on my weekly Wednesday half-hour podcast with Sven Longshanks on Radio Aryan here.]


July 20 plot


It would take the same Divine Hand which prevented the Fuhrer from dying at those traitors' failed assassination attempt, to eventually get rid of the CDU dictatorship by going further with mama Merkel "sickness". At least before the Deutsche Volk is definitely dead!

It wasn't Providence. It was a highly refined sensibility that alerted him to these attempts.

YOU should have mentioned that Erwin Rommel was NOT connected with this attempt and did NOT commit suicide as jew/US history lies

The point you make, CY, about the would-be assassins not having the courage to stand proudly before Hitler and kill him and face inevitable consequences is profound. There was a gulf between these people who were Hitler or pro-Hitler and those who were anti that even more obviously obtains today.

Since I support the AfD party for Germany (in disagreement with many of my readers) I should also admit when I am embarrassed by their catering to political correctness rather than historical accuracy, as expressed in Joerg Meuthen's statement posted on the AfD website about the July 20th 75th commemoration:

Berlin, 19 July 2019. Federal spokesman Prof. Dr. Jörg Meuthen declares the 75th anniversary of 20 July 1944:
"The men and women of July 20 around Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg wanted to eliminate the criminal Nazi regime 75 years ago and save Germany from destruction. [Which they had no realistic hope of. That's been the LIE for the past 75 years, still perpetrated today! -cy] They were ostracized, persecuted and murdered. Today, 75 years later, they have taken their place as heroes of the nation in German history. [No, that started about 65 years ago already -cy] They still remind us today to stand up against every form of extremism and dictatorship. One task for the future will be to place the patriotism and spirit of resistance of July 20 even more at the centre of national memory".

That's an over-simplification if I ever saw one, but .. oh well, the realities of political necessity. Trump has been doing ever more damage to truth in his most recent statements to the press also, and he doesn't even have to! Today he linked up the US and Israel in the same breath 5 or 6 times! Completely unnecessary but that's how he actually sees it. When did that begin?

We're groaning under the weight of the Jewish narrative.

That's exactly as you say Carolyn: "The realities of political necessities."
Trump e.g. is facing reelection, so he must get the votes of the zio-christians.
Not to forget one fundamental reality of our days: The Israelis are now being portrayed by most politicans, especially by the left in Europe, as the oppressors, the new Nazis, and Israel as the new Third Reich! 
The horribly leftwing Der Spiegel magazin published recently an article bashing Israel and supportive of the Palestinians! One popular german AfD close Internet portal, Jouwatch (Journalistenwatch) then published a piece attacking Der Spiegel and defending Israel!  Last time I checked there was like only 11 comments and the ones critical of Israel were being censored! 
My comment was published and was like this:
"Israel is a great country with a fantastic prime minister Mr Netaniahu.
Israel deports subsaharian immigrants -Netaniahu calls them infiltrators - and cracks down on palestinian terrorists!
Moreover only Jews are allowed to immigrate to Israel!
If only Germany were like small beautiful Israel."
Now Jouwatch has been publishing many articles on the Subsaharian 'boatpeople" who try to reach Europe from Lybia where half a million of them -numbers growing! - are waiting their turn. In the comments section people go full racist - you can use the word "Neger" and so on.
For Nationalists in Europe the Jew issue is a minor one.

For Nationalists in Europe the Jew issue is a minor one.

I understand that, but it's still absolutely true that the Jewish historical narrative that gives the Jews their special privileges is a terrible burden on us nationalists, and particularly Germans. People don't separate the state of Israel from the false WWII-fake holocaust narrative which was used to legitimise the State of Israel.

What I was trying to get across about Trump is that in his feud with Ilhan Omar, et al, in which I support him, he tells the press "These people hate the United States" ... then he immediately adds "They hate Israel - they're antisemitic" ... as though the USA and Israel/Jews are one and the same. That's unacceptable and it's not America First ... but he thinks it is! It seems wildly discordant to me, but maybe he does think it's popular with his base.

Today, DW played down the ceremony - it was nothing special. BUT, they can't keep from distorting the historical facts. Merkel said in her speech:

"Following their conscience, they proved themselves to be true patriots. They urge us to be vigilant and to confront racism and nationalism in all its facets."

Stauffenberg was a racist and nationalist both, as many of them were. They just foolishly believed they could still, in 1944, patch things up with the Allies and save Germany. They were not of the same mind as today's globalists at all. DW writes:

But a bomb that Stauffenberg  placed in a suitcase near to the Nazi dictator failed to kill him and the attempt to seize power, dubbed "Operation Valkyrie," failed. The colonel and his co-conspirators were tracked down and executed in the days and weeks that followed.

The colonel was arrested by Gen. Friedrich Fromm at the Bendlerblock that very evening - he didn't need to be "tracked down." News that Hitler was still alive was already trickling out that afternoon and, without Hitler dead, their whole plot couldn't work. Stauffenberg hotly denied the Fuehrer was still alive. He and a few others were ordered by Fromm to be shot by firing squad (trying to save his own hide)  around midnight The whole affair was so badly botched by Stauffenberg (no one was sure what to do) that if truth were told they could not maintain his "hero image."

This is the way of all state mythologies.


At least hundreds of thousands of good men would not have died in that last year if Stauffenberg had been successful.  The end result for Germany would sadly be the same, but it would have saved many lives, which ended up being wasted.

Think how many more hundreds of thousands of men would not have died if the U.S. had not joined, without cause, in the war against Germany. Yes, I know Hitler declared war on the US but it was already supplying and in other ways helping the Allies, plus had declared war on Japan.

Think how many millions of good men would not have died if England and France had not declared war on Germany in 1939! Or had not invaded the continent in 1944 (Normandy). Fact is, the treasonous activity of the Resistance within the German military caused the unnecessary death of hundreds of thousands of specifically German soldiers over the course of 1940-45, and possibly the loss of the entire war for Germany.

Further, think how many thousands of German soldiers would not have died after the war ended had they not been kept in Eisenhower's Rhine Meadows death camps without food or shelter. This can go on and on.

I used to feel very sorry for the plotters, and accepted that they were noble and dedicated to saving Germany's honor. Perhaps, but most all Germans opposed them, and backed Hitler, at least fighting their enemies. When the assassination failed, one of Hitler's aides said 'it must have been a Todt worker.' Hitler was insistent. "no working class man would kill me.'
Looking back, the plotters seem somewhat inept and didn't really know what they wanted. They didn't realize the orders they fed to the Wehrkreise to order the revolt was also being sent to the Fuhrer's HQ as well. As Hitler noted,  (According to David Irving) 'I keep asking myself what they were all after...As though Stalin or Churchill or Roosevelt would have been bothered one instant by our sudden desire for peace!'  Indeed, reading the Yalta meetings, I was struck how much hatred Roosevelt had for Germans. He agreed with Stalin that they needed to be exterminated, and even Stalin sounded more moderate.  I believe Churchill shrugged off the plot, saying the German officers hanged by Hitler only meant fewer that the allies would hang when they won the war.
So, really, what was the point of Killing Hitler? As for the Bundesrepublik  honoring the assassins, it's not much of a legacy to build, praising traitors. Much like if we Americans made a cult of honoring Benedict Arnold. 
Also, Carolyn can you make something clear? It was said Hitler ordered all conspirators hung with piano wire, and he spent hours watching the film of them being hung. This was talked about all the time when I was a child, and one documentary on CBS talked of it, but then the commentator gravely intoned 'we cannot show you this film.'
Does a film exist? I've heard no evidence of it, and if it existed, wouldn't the victors let it be shown to show what a monster Hitler was? Where is it?

Hermann Giesler, who was there with Hitler in the weeks after July 20, records Hitler as saying he did not want to see any of the films of the trials - it was bad enough he had to read all the reports of the interrogations of the plotters in order to know exactly what had happened. He said it all made him sick. Giesler said he himself went one evening to see the screenings taking place at Wolfsschance of the People's Court trials, but he left early and never went back. He said it was too unpleasant to watch people he knew admitting to the terrible crimes against the armed forces and the Fuehrer they had carried out. But Giesler had access to all the intelligence and interrogation reports also, which he had been reading.

If Hitler didn't want to watch the trial films, I doubt he would have watched the execution films. He was not a sadist, plus he still had a country and a war to run. This poster, Fredric, is a very respected member of the Axis History forum. https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=80680&start=30  He wrote:

The Irving assertions are ridiculous.

General Witzleben and the others were hanged [this refers to  Plotzensee prison only -cy] using thin, possibly hemp, nooses tied in slip knots, from iron hooks attached to an overhead steel beam. The beam and some hooks are still in place today. The "piano wire noose" is a myth. Piano wire would, as one post describes, cut the neck or even sever the head. I have a photo of wire nooses, however, attached to the same beam, which was published in a booklet commemorating the executions. It could be a fake. The assertion that the executions lasted 10 hours is a myth. Each victim took about 20 minutes to die. There even is a myth that the hooks were inserted into the neck of the victims (see Shirer Berlin Diary) and that NO noose was used.

This is an area I have reseached in detail...

Neither Irving nor Albert Speer can be relied on.

"Hitler was insistent.' No working class man would kill me." 
My favorite Hitler quote, because it says so much about the relationship between the Fuhrer and the German worker/people. The significance of this line was not lost upon the Russians who in transcribing the interrogations compiled for Stalin in The Hitler Book, wisely changed the context to where it was Hitler who accused the workers of the bombing. So much for the "workers paradise."

"President of Germany bows his head in remembrance of the failed conspirators during a past July 20th commemoration ceremony at the Bendlerblock Army headquarters in Berlin."
The fact that Germans today have to bow down and regret the failed assasination plot where traitors (whatever their reasoning and intentions might be) tried to kill a nationalist leader, shows that Germany and nearly all of Europe and the West are occupied territory today. In a sensible world, all of those in Europe termed as ""far right activists" would have had statues and postage stamps commemorating them as nationalist Heroes. The Allied-Soviet forces did not liberate Europe but actually enslaved Europe.