No World War II? Georg Elser's Plot to Kill Adolf Hitler

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October 14, 2020 Topic: History Region: Europe Blog Brand: The Reboot Tags: Nazi GermanyAdolf HitlerAssassinationWorld War IIBeer Hall Putsch

No World War II? Georg Elser's Plot to Kill Adolf Hitler

In all, seven people were killed and another 63 injured. Climbing aboard his train, Hitler was blissfully unaware that he and his top men had narrowly avoided death.

Whatever the case, on April 5, 1945, with Allied troops drawing ever closer, Himmler ordered his henchmen at Dachau: “During the next air raid, see to it that Elser is mortally wounded. Destroy this order when the deed has been executed.” Four days later, as American bombers flew overhead, the little cabinetmaker was led from his cell at Dachau and shot, the last victim of the audacious bombing that very nearly had saved the world from the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust.

This article first appeared on the Warfare History Network.

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