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Georg Elser
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Assassin (Failed)
    (January 4, 1903-April 9, 1945)
    Born in Hermaringen, Germany
    Birth name was Johann Georg Elser
    Attempted to kill Adolf Hitler with a bomb set to go off during Hitler's speech commemorating the anniversary of the Munich Beer Hall Putsch (November 8, 1939)
    He had a son out of wedlock.
    He decided to kill Hitler to prevent the start of a major war but became so wrapped up in his plans he barely noticed when World War II started (September 1, 1939).
    He killed eight people and injured 63 but missed Hitler.
    His assassination plot tends to draw less attention than Count Von Stauffenberg's.
    He despised Nazi restrictions on civil rights and religious freedom.
    The anti-Jewish attacks of Kristallnacht (November 9, 1938) convinced him that leaders capable of inciting such violence would plunge Germany into war.
    His assassination plot failed because a fog prevented Hitler from flying back to Berlin as planned, forcing him to cut short his appearance and catch a train instead.
    Heinrich Himmler refused to believe he acted alone and had him imprisoned (and frequently tortured) with plans to stage a show trial after to war to link Elser to a British conspiracy.
    A few weeks before the war ended, he was murdered at Dachau concentration camp under the cover of an Allied air raid.

Credit: C. Fishel

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