Was the assassination attempt orchestrated by the S.S.?
The man who almost killed Hitler,
Adolf Hitler was the target of numerous assassination attempts. The two that probably got closest were the ones by Claus von Stauffenberg, an aristocratic Army officer, and Georg Elser (1903-1945), an ordinary carpenter.
Georg Elser, the carpenter who missed killing Hitler by 13 minutes
Elser spent most of his adult life at a variety of woodworking-related jobs. Despite a brief affiliation with a communist paramilitary group as a young man and being a member of the left-leaning woodworkers’ union, he wasn’t particularly political. He only voted for the communists at elections because he thought they fought for the working man. He was, however, anti-Nazi, even if in a quiet way. After Hitler’s rise to power, he refused to use the Nazi salute or listen to his radio broadcasts.
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