Monument for Hitler bomber

2010-04-11 21:14

Koenigsbronn - The German hometown of a man who narrowly failed to assassinate dictator Adolf Hitler on Sunday erected a monument to honour Georg Elser and his lonely courage.

Early in the Second World War, Elser made his own time-bomb and detonated it in a Munich beer cellar on November 8 1939, at the hour Hitler was scheduled to speak there.

But Hitler's plans changed and the dictator was not in room when the bomb went off.

The 2.20m tall figure in Koenigsbronn in south west Germany is a silhouette in rusted steel that depicts Elser in hat and overcoat and carrying a double-bottomed suitcase as he leaves by train for Munich.

Paid for by donations, it was erected by a memorial association outside Koenigsbronn's railway station. Last year a bust of Elser was placed in the town, Konstanz, where he was arrested after the plot failed. 

Stop war

A further monument is planned in Berlin.

Elser, who plotted alone and hoped to stop the war, was held prisoner for years, then killed at Dachau shortly before the war ended. 

Germans were initially slow to accept him as a resistance hero, with many war-generation Germans regarding him as murderer.

Only one other group is known to have attempted to assassinate Hitler after that: a group of military officers in 1944.

Their bomb only injured the dictator, who committed suicide in 1945.

- SAPA
Read more on:    adolf hitler  |  germany  |  arts
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

You HAVE to see this MTB Tsunami Fip!

You might not know what a Tsunami Flip is, but just watching this will turn your eyes into saucers. Check out this first-ever MTB Tsunami Flip in contest here.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Mountain unicycling – say WHAT?
Bear Grylls’ top 10 things kids should do outdoors
Top tips to ensure you’re running right
Stand-up paddle boarding a great workout

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

20% off Afrikaans books, music and DVDs. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Hot gaming titles – available for pre-order!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, Far Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto 5 and more. Pre-order now!

Get a free eBook

Buy 3 eBooks and get the cheapest FREE. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Power and leadership are emphasized today. It is important to strategize and delegate well otherwise you may end up with too much...read more

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.