Target Hitler: The Plots to Kill Adolf Hitler

Target Hitler: The Plots to Kill Adolf Hitler

Target Hitler: The Plots to Kill Adolf Hitler

Target Hitler: The Plots to Kill Adolf Hitler

Synopsis

The infamous reign of Adolf Hitler occurred half a century ago, but how he managed to escape so many attempts on his life remains a mystery. Target Hitler addresses the subject anew and is the only book for general audiences that recounts this fascinating topic in depth. James P. Duffy and Vincent L. Ricci have pulled together the known and hitherto unknown facts about the German resistance to create an absorbing tale. Although many Germans harbored deep hatred for the Nazis and risked their lives trying to topple their regime, most of these would-be assassins were forgotten or slighted in the history of that period. The authors wish to right that wrong. This eminently readable narrative concentrates on the efforts of a group of conspirators within the German army who first began to plot against Hitler in the fall of 1938, and whose story culminates in the famous July 1944 bombing. Bound together by their religious beliefs and a determination to rid their homeland of the Nazi scourge, some of these men were,generals, one a field marshal. It is intriguing to think how the course of world history would have been altered had these men accomplished their mission. That fate denied such an outcome is tragic. But now, at least, the bravery of those who tried to rid the world of the horror Hitler inflicted will be remembered.

Excerpt

During his infamous regime, Adolf Hitler had many enemies among the German people. These included persons of high position in the military and the government as well as among the general population. From 1933 through 1945, thousands of Germans performed innumerable actions to attempt to stop the Nazi regime from committing the crimes it did, some in large ways and many others in small, personal ways. It is regrettable that the courage of many of these individuals, who in the course of their lives under such a ruthless tyranny took grave risks to commit small acts of defiance, will never be acknowledged properly. Most of them simply vanished into the oblivion that claimed millions of others during Hitler's reign.

Many people in Germany wished to see an end to the rule of terror that represented the Nazi regime. Few of them had the resources to commit the supreme act, the murder of Adolf Hitler. This book is about those who had the resources and acted on them, what motivated them to attempt to assassinate the Fuehrer, and why they failed.

Those living in open societies typified by the Western democracies may find it difficult to understand how people of high . . .

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