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July 19, 2017

July 20, 1944 Valkyrie — the bomb plot against Hitler

Filed under: Germany, movies, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:38 am

On July 20th, 1944 there was a famous assignation attempt against Adolf Hitler.

The five minute video clip above, which is from a Tom Cruz movie, is a fairly accurate reenactment of the incident.  Many people have objected to the casting of Tom Cruz, in the role of the much taller Claus Schenk, Graf von Stauffenberg, but Tom Cruz looks remarkably like Claus Schenk.

There is virtually nothing in Valkyrie, the movie, which shows what ordinary life was like in Germany in July 1944. There are no extras playing the part of a German Fräulein wearing a dirndl; no Germans drinking beer and singing in a beer garden. There is nothing to indicate that the action is taking place in Germany.

Another movie, Revolutionary Road, which was released around the same time, is authentic 1950s America, right down to the smallest detail.

The only scene in Valkyrie that comes close to showing Germany, as it was in 1943, is when Stauffenberg goes to Hitler’s home called the Berghof to get his signature on a document.

We see the famous picture window that looks out on the Bavarian Alps. Hitler’s henchmen are gathered around him at the Berghof and Albert Speer can be identified: there is a bit player who bears a resemblance to him.


The Berghof and surroundings were bombed by the RAF right before the end of the war on April 25, 1945 — it was done out of spite: the area was of no strategic importance at that point.

The famous picture window before it was destroyed 

Hitler is accurately shown in the movie as a broken man, petting his dog, an Alsatian Sheppard. One bit of information that I didn’t know until I saw this movie, many years ago, is that Stauffenberg put in his glass eye whenever he was in the presence of Hitler. He obviously wanted Hitler to have a good opinion of him; in the scene at the Berghof, Hitler says that he wishes that all his Army officers were like Stauffenberg.

In the trailers for the movie, that were shown for weeks before the movie opened, there is a brief scene where someone kills a mosquito with the lit end of a cigarette. Undoubtedly, there were many people who thought that this was a cruel act committed by Hitler, but there was a German guard at Hitler’s Wolf’s Lair headquarters in East Prussia, who actually killed a mosquito on his arm with a lit cigarette.

The Wolf’s Lair was located on swampy ground and that’s why there were mosquitoes. This scene may have been included by the film makers before they learned that Hitler didn’t smoke. In any case, the scene is totally out of context and has no relevance to the movie plot.

On July 20, 1944, an attempt to assassinate Hitler, which had been planned for years by groups which included former political prisoners who had been released from Sachsenhausen, was made by Colonel Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, an insider on Hitler’s staff. One of those involved in the planning was a former Sachsenhausen political prisoner, Julius Leber, a Social Democrat.

The plan was for the political prisoners at Sachsenhausen, including Schuschnigg and the trade union leader, Carl Vollmerhaus, to take over important positions in the German government after Hitler was dead.

According to Information Leaflet Number 20, which I obtained from the Sachsenhausen Memorial Site:

As one of the first measures for the “restoration of the supreme majesty of the law,” the conspirators wanted the concentration camps closed down. For this reason, the “immediate measures” of the July 20, 1944 plan included the occupation of the concentration camps, the arrest of the commandants and the disarming of the guards by the military. But this never happened.

The assassination attempt failed when someone moved the briefcase containing a bomb, which Col. von Stauffenberg had planted near Hitler’s feet. Von Stauffenberg had left the room before the time bomb went off, and had returned to Berlin where a group of high-ranking German army officers were planning to proclaim martial law, after the announcement of the death of Hitler, and take control of the government. The bomb went off, but Hitler survived the blast with only minor injuries.

According to the Information Leaflet, some of the conspirators arrested immediately after the assassination attempt are believed to have been taken to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, including Field Marshall Erwin von Witzleben.

Some of the conspirators who were seriously injured or sick, or who had tried to escape arrest by suicide or had become ill while imprisoned, were sent to the well-equipped infirmary barracks at Sachsenhausen where they were kept alive for further interrogations or until they could be put on trial in the People’s Court.

One of the conspirators who was brought to the Sachsenhausen infirmary with severe injuries was Colonel Siegfried Wagner, who had jumped out the window of his apartment in Potsdam on July 22, 1944 in an attempt to escape arrest; he died in the infirmary four days later.

Colonel Carl-Hans von Hardenberg, who was slated to become the head of the state of Berlin-Brandenberg after the takeover by the conspirators, was also taken to Sachsenhausen with severe injuries after he attempted suicide to escape arrest. He was one of the survivors of Sachsenhausen, thanks to a Communist fellow-prisoner, Flor Peeters, who took care of him.

Another conspirator, Lieutenant Colonel Hasso von Boehmer, was brought to the infirmary at Sachsenhausen, so that he could be kept alive long enough for the People’s Court in Potsdam to sentence him to death and execute him.

Only a few of the many conspirators, who were involved in the July 20th plot, were tried in the People’s Court; the others were sent directly to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp without a trial. Only a few of the many conspirators, who were involved in the July 20th plot, were tried in the People’s Court; the others were sent directly to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp without a trial.

Randolph von Breidbach, a resistance fighter against the Nazis, was arrested in 1943 and tried by the Reich War Court; although he was found not guilty by the court, he was held in prison until February 1945 when he was transferred to the Sachsenhausen infirmary, where he stayed behind when the camp was evacuated two months later. He died on June 13, 1945 in Sachsenhausen and was buried in a mass grave behind the infirmary barracks.

On July 30, 1944, ten days after the assassination attempt by von Stauffenberg, Hitler ordered that the family members of von Stauffenberg be arrested as “kinship prisoners.” A total of 180 relatives, mostly wives and children, were arrested in August 1944 and imprisoned at Sachsenhausen in the special section of brick buildings located outside the prison enclosure, called the “Schuschnigg barracks.” This was where former Austrian Chancellor Schuschnigg was held, along with his wife and child, until he was transferred to Dachau in 1945.



  1. and 73 years later Europe is transformed;

    Comment by peter — July 20, 2017 @ 6:21 am

    • Only deplorable for Germany and Austria. Where was Switzerland during WW2? There are no neutrals in the struggle for death or survival against the Globalist destroyers of peoples and countries. Only helpers working for the Globalist project and renegades resisting against it. Passive “neutrality” is collaboration with the Globalist workers…

      Comment by hermie — July 21, 2017 @ 4:41 pm

      • Switzerland sitting on the sidelines letting everyone else decide the fate of the world. There is no diversity anymore. When speak up about race mixing,I’m called racist. I’m not racist. You start mixing races,everyone loses their cultural identity. I understand exactly where Hitler was coming from. The Germans “were” ( yeah I said were,because I don’t think they know who they are anymore) a proud race of people. Is there something wrong with a person being proud of their cultural background?

        Comment by Tim — July 22, 2017 @ 2:03 pm

        • You wrote: “Is there something wrong with a person being proud of their cultural background?”

          If you are German, you can not be proud of your cultural background. If you are Jewish, you are required to be proud of your cultural background.

          Comment by furtherglory — July 22, 2017 @ 2:08 pm

          • Exactly. Hitler knew the direction the Jews were going in. He hit on the topic more than one time in Mein Kampf. He even mentioned a couple times in the book,he admired the Jews . It’s not the first time someone has admired their enemy. Look at Patton and Romell (spellcheck there). Patton thought Romell was an excellent commander. I can tell the Germans were a proud people. Look at their art and music. Ride of the Valkyries. That’s ,proud in your face music. It’s got a “don’t f–k with us”,sound to it. Don’t look for anything like that today.

            Comment by Tim — July 22, 2017 @ 2:25 pm

            • You wrote: “I can tell the Germans were a proud people. Look at their art and music. Ride of the Valkyries. That’s ,proud in your face music. It’s got a “don’t f–k with us”,sound to it. Don’t look for anything like that today.”

              I believe that you are correct. Today, the Germans can be proud that their country has been overrun by refugees, including some that are non-white. Germany is not Germany anymore.

              Comment by furtherglory — July 22, 2017 @ 2:43 pm

        • Tim wrote: “Is there something wrong with a person being proud of their cultural background?”

          Yes, there is something wrong with that. Such people are less likely to abandon their own cultural background in favor of the Globalist ‘soilless’ subculture supposed to unite all humans in a earthly paradise. A national crime ! The Globalists have names for such a crime against their plans: chauvinism, bigotry, hatred, intolerance, racism, anti-Semitism, never again, blah blah blah…

          “The race struggle is the primal one, and the class struggle secondary. The last dominating race is the German.[…] Yet it seems that a final race struggle [against the Germans] is unavoidable.” – Moses Hess (Jewish philosopher, friend and collaborator of Communist theoretician Karl Marx, and one of the founders of Labor Zionism), book “Rome and Jerusalem: The Last National Question,” 1861 (!!).

          Comment by hermie — July 23, 2017 @ 8:19 pm

          • edit: read “A Nationalist crime against Globalism” instead of ” A national crime.”

            Comment by hermie — July 23, 2017 @ 8:22 pm

  2. The best part of Valkyrie the movie happened on the first day of production. Cruise gathered actors and staff around the courtyard in the Bendlerblock for a moment of silence before beginning shooting. Apparently, during the silence, someone farted loudly, and cruise erupted in anger, claiming it was done purposely and demanding the perpetrator step forward and identify himself.
    When no one did, Cruise allegedly confiscated the tape to try and identify by sound and location to the camera who the evildoer was.
    To this date, I believe the criminal has escaped justice but it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that the ADL or the German Government is still investigating…

    Comment by Schlageter — July 19, 2017 @ 5:30 pm

    • Funny story. Probably an undercover Nazi trying to sabotage the commemoration through a gas attack. No Prussian blue staining found in the underwear of some attendant at Cruise’s moving Stauffenberg ceremony? 😉

      Comment by hermie — July 19, 2017 @ 9:06 pm

      • One can only imagine the outcry if this crime had been perpetrated at, say, Au–

        Comment by Schlageter — July 20, 2017 @ 4:46 am

        • An outcry and a joyful celebration. Evidence for the use of gas against humans at Au- at last !

          Comment by hermie — July 20, 2017 @ 4:55 am

  3. Solemn prayers for General Günther Korten, General Rudolf Schmundt, Colonel Heinz Brandt and stenographer Heinz Berger.
    Ruhe in Frieden!

    Comment by Schlageter — July 19, 2017 @ 5:26 pm

  4. A several-year-long plot implemented only after making sure that the Allied landing in Normandy had succeeded. Waw ! What an admirable act of courage !!

    Comment by hermie — July 19, 2017 @ 4:28 pm

  5. Once again,I’m off topic. A news article said an,” Israeli art students stole objects from Auschwitz”. The bitch that stole said she did so because,” after all the survivors are gone,the holo will turn into a myth. Something that can’t be perceived “. You catch that part,a “myth”.

    Comment by Tim — July 19, 2017 @ 12:14 pm

    • A myth in the sense of a traditional story (i.e. not told by direct witnesses), not in the sense of a widely held false belief. She just meant that stories told by direct witnesses are something that can be perceived (a matter of female sensitivity, I guess) and that the coming death of the last survivors of that era will soon deprive us of such perceptual experiences.

      Comment by hermie — July 19, 2017 @ 4:17 pm

  6. The picture window at the Berghof after it was destroyed by Americans during World War II

    Actually it was the British, not the Americans — the Berghof and surroundings were bombed by the RAF right before the end of the war on April 25, 1945 — it was done out of spite: the area was of no strategic importance at that point.

    Comment by eah — July 19, 2017 @ 12:14 pm

    • Thank you for alerting me to this mistake. I was relying on memory and I got it wrong. I have changed the caption to what you wrote.

      Comment by furtherglory — July 19, 2017 @ 2:04 pm

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