PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Makate Rapulana
 
Comments: -1
Article views: 0
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all Makate Rapulana's badges.
 

Lessons from the past to learn from

05 April 2014, 09:48

As the war in Europe tilted heavily against Germany, some elements within the OKW, the supreme command of the armed forces, became increasingly disillusioned with the leadership of Adolf Hitler and the morality of the war. In the past three years Germany has been waging a war that has plunged the whole of Europe and other parts of the world into anarchy. However voicing such subversive thoughts was enough to earn one a date with the firing squard. Men chose to remain silent as their country edged alarmingly close to the precipice.

It was to take one man to goad the cowed dissidents into action. A suicidal plot, which was later to be known as the July 20 plot, from the date on it was carried out, was hatched to assassinate Hitler. Like most dictators, Hitler surrounded himself with an army of loyal fanatics recruited from the political brainwashing academy. The Waffen SS was Hitler's own praetorian guard and it was their rabid devotion to the Fuhrer, as Hitler demanded he be addressed, more than their cruelty, that struck fear into the hearts of men.

The plotters were well aware that theirs was a suicidal cause and willingly put on the shirt of Nessus to save their country from a warmongering despot. Henning von Tresckow, a general in the German army stationed in the Eastern Front and one who drafted the plot, made this entry into his journal: "A man's moral worth is established only at the point where he is ready to give his life in defense of his convictions". He was to later committ suicide upon the plot's failure. More than 5000 people were executed for their part or of having relations with those who took part in the failed plot.

Less than a year later with the Red Army encroaching on Berlin from the east, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker taking Germany down with him to a fiery grave.
Allied forces approaching from the west liberated a number of concentration camps, were Jews and other 'undesirables' were allegedly gassed to death and incinerated in ovens. They were greeted by emaciated skeletal figures robotically roaming the perimeter, and scores of dead bodies piled into heaps.

German civilians from nearby villages were forcefully brought into the camps to see what has been done 'in their name'. It was however too late for them to change the course of history.

If only had they been wise enough not to have elected him Chancellor in 1933.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
-1 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Tinus van der Merwe854
A good story

We have a good story to tell – are you contributing or commenting only? Read more...

4 comments 101 views
Submitted by
Niple Khumalo
Letter to Minister of Health

On behalf of all grateful South African who want to thank you but are unable to do so, I will like to take this opportunity and thank you for caring for them. Read more...

2 comments 202 views
Submitted by
Cris Mhlanga
The amazing Elias Motsoaledi Loca...

“That which is normal is never normal within Elias Motsoaledi Local Council.” Read more...

1 comments 97 views
Submitted by
Linamandla Mpolase
To the Lost Generation

If you are reading this you are either part of the now dubbed "Lost Generation" or you are going to be; and its just that you haven't realised that.  Read more...

3 comments 739 views
Submitted by
Caitlin Spring
Rhodes Changed Something

The Rhodes Must Fall Movement captured something in UCT’s community that I have never seen before. For the first time in a long time people were saying what they actually felt, unabated. Read more...

36 comments 1482 views
Submitted by
Lehlohonolo Nyetanyane
Vavi would make a good DA leader

Expelled Secretary geneneral of Cosatu Zwlinzima Vavi seems to have changed his tune from defending African National Congress with every fibre of his being to badgering it at every given opportunity. Read more...

6 comments 302 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.