May 3, 2008

Would be Hitler Assassin Dies

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I thought some of you might find this story interesting. Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager, who is believed to be the last remaining member of an inner circle of Nazis who tried to assassinate Hitler, has died. For those who remember their history books, he was part of the crew that tried to kill Hitler with a briefcase bomb attempt which failed only because someone moved the briefcase near the opposite leg of the huge table where they were all meeting. Tom Cruise is currently working on a movie in which he plays von Boeselager.

It's a fascinating story, and for those who have the time, I urge you to read about it. One thing that I found interesting in this article was this:
Von Boeselager told FAZ that in the years immediately after the war, he spoke with his wife, Rosa, about his role in the resistance but said little else.

"There was nobody one could talk with about it," he said. "They were all dead, and with others it would just have been bragging."

There was also the fact that immediately after World War II, the July 20 plotters were widely viewed as traitors, a label the Nazis gave them that stuck for years.

"For a long time, it was not believable to normal Germans that the government was criminal," he recalled. "And as soon as one thought they had pushed that out of the way, then people just didn't want to know."

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