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Burying Hitler's Heroic Opponents 75 Years Late

May 19, 2019 in Economics

By Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow

A moving burial ceremony in Berlin on Monday reminded us of the
high cost of those who stand against evil. Those executed for
resisting Adolf Hitler and his monstrous death state suffered the
final indignity of secret, anonymous disposal of their bodies.
However, the microscopic remains of several hundred of those
opposed the Nazis were recently discovered and finally interred,
almost 75 years after the failed plot which came closest to killing
him.

In July 1944 the catastrophe known as World War II was racing
toward its inevitable end. Hitler’s decision to battle much of the
known world, most importantly the U.S., Soviet Union, and British
Empire, ensured destruction of the Tausendjähriges or Thousand-Year
Reich a little early.

A moving burial ceremony
in Berlin on Monday reminded us of the high cost of those who stand
against evil.

However, even after the D-Day landings, creating a three-front
war, counting Italy, Hitler still inspired fanatical loyalty and
resistance, dragging Germany and the rest of Europe toward the
abyss. Aggression and atrocity, mass murder and genocide,
irrevocably stained the German nation’s reputation. The Nazis’
descent to unimaginable depths of depravity gave new meaning to an
old word, Holocaust.

Still, there was a German resistance. Good and decent people,
but divided, weak, dispirited, horrified, and frustrated. The
German military plotted against Hitler early, before the British
and French yielded at Munich. There were several unsuccessful
assassination attempts against the Führer, some only narrowly
missing their target. For instance, in 1943 the detonator failed on
a bomb placed on Hitler’s plane when he was returning from the
Soviet Union to Germany. The would-be assassin coolly retrieved the
defective device before its discovery.

However, “almost” successful did nothing to halt the
Nazi war machine. Germany’s bloody crimes multiplied and
defeat became more certain. On July 20, 1944, Lt. Col. Claus Graf
von Stauffenberg, a 36-year-old decorated war hero who had been
badly injured in combat, set off a bomb in Hitler’s
Wolfsschanze, or Wolf’s Lair military headquarters in
Prussia. Hitler’s luck held — quirks of timing and
construction spared his life. Nevertheless, Stauffenberg flew back
to Berlin and triggered the planned uprising. He infused Operation
Valkyrie with energy and determination, but Hitler’s survival
ensured the plan’s quick collapse.

Stauffenberg was shot just after midnight by his superior, Gen.
Friedrich Fromm, desperate to cover up his tepid involvement in the
plot. (The Gestapo was not fooled: Fromm was quickly arrested and
later executed.) The reconstructed defense ministry building, the
Bendlerblock, where Stauffenberg desperately led Operation
Valkyrie, now houses the Memorial to the German Resistance; a
statue of Stauffenberg stands in the courtyard where he died.

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Source: OP-EDS

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