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36-year-old Johann George Elser, a carpenter, was hugely against Nazi regime and refused to give the Nazi salute once Hitler was in power. He knew that the only way to prevent the onset of a bloody war would be to assassinate Hitler himself. So he spent the next year preparing. Every year on November 8, Hitler would deliver a two-hour speech at the beer hall. Elser managed to secure a job as a carpenter at that same beer hall. Just a few days before Hitler would arrive, he installed a time bomb he had built himself near the speaking podium, set off to detonate halfway through Hitler’s speech. However, things did not go as planned. War had broken out two months before and Hitler had more urgent matters to attend to. Therefore, Hitler began his speech earlier than expected and this one only lasted an hour, as opposed to the usual two hour-long speech. Thirteen minutes after departing, the bomb exploded, killing eight Nazis and injuring more than sixty—and Hitler was not one of them. Johann was apprehended as he tried to escape to Switzerland and was shot to death on April 9th, 1945, in a concentration camp.

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Originally posted 2017-12-12 05:44:53.