The plot on Hitler’s life:
Every year on the anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch since coming to power, Adolf Hitler made a speech in honor of the failed revolution at the original site of the party’s failed revolution.
After viewing the dictator’s speech in 1938, Georg Elser, an opponent of Hitler and Nazism realized just how lax security was inside the beer hall. Soon after, Elser made up his mind - he would assassinate Adolf Hitler at the same spot the very next year.
Despite having no experience in bomb making, Elser was able to procure the necessary materials and fabricate it. At the time of Hitler’s speech a year later he went ahead with his plan and planted a bomb inside the beer hall in the ceiling above Hitler.
As Hitler gave his speech, the bomb ticked away. Elser left the hall early in anticipation of the explosion.
And so did Hitler - at the last minute, instead of taking a plane back to Berlin, he chose to take a train and made an early departure from the hall thirteen minutes before the bomb exploded.
Elser was arrested by officials who did not believe such a man could produce a bomb on his own - they tortured to try and make him confess that he received British help, despite acting alone. Throughout the war he was held in various concentration camps; weeks before the war’s end he died at Dachau.
November 8, 1939 - 72 years ago today.