Germany marks 65th anniversary of Hitler bomb plot

21st July 2009, Comments 0 comments

The July 20 plot, as it has come to be known, saw aristocratic army officer Count Claus von Stauffenberg place a bomb under a table at the headquarters in East Prussia, in present day Poland.

Berlin -- Germany marked on Monday the 65th anniversary of a failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler in his "Wolf's Lair" eastern military headquarters in 1944.

The July 20 plot, as it has come to be known, saw aristocratic army officer Count Claus von Stauffenberg place a bomb under a table at the headquarters in East Prussia, in present day Poland.

Von Stauffenberg then left the room before the bomb went off. After hearing the explosion, he assumed Hitler was dead and left the compound for Berlin where he and a group of conspirators planned to overthrow the regime.

But an officer had moved the briefcase containing the explosives behind a sturdy leg of the oak table and Hitler escaped with only light injuries.

Von Stauffenberg and several others were executed shortly afterwards in the courtyard of the Bendlerblock, still part of the defence ministry and the site of a memorial where Monday's wreath-laying ceremony took place.

Later on Monday Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was due to speak at a ceremony at the Ploetzensee memorial north of Berlin, a former prison where around 90 people suspected of involvement in the plot were executed.

AFP/Expatica

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