July 19, 2019
- Angela Merkel paid tribute to executed plot leader Col. Claus von Stauffenberg
- He attempted to kill Hitler with a briefcase bomb in 1944
Merkel paid tribute to Stauffenberg and his fellows. A German Wachbataillon soldier of the Federal Armed Forces Bundeswehr stands next to a plaque commemorating Stauffenberg and other soldiers. (File/AFP)
BERLIN – Germany is marking the 75th anniversary of the most famous plot to kill Adolf Hitler, honoring those who resisted the Nazis — who were stigmatized for decades as traitors — as pillars of the country’s modern democracy amid growing concerns about the resurgence of the far-right.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will speak Saturday at an annual swearing-in ceremony for some 400 troops before addressing a memorial event, paid tribute ahead of the anniversary to executed plot leader Col. Claus von Stauffenberg and his fellow conspirators and highlighted their importance to modern Germany.
She said that “only if we understand our past can we build a good future.”
Von Stauffenberg tried to kill Hitler with a briefcase bomb on July 20, 1944, during a meeting at his headquarters in East Prussia.