It's strange because I am a huge fan of Sandi Toksvig and religiously listen to her weekly "News Quiz" on BBC radio as well as watch her on TV for numberous news and stand-up comedy shows.
Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, for the plot to kill Hitler July 21st, Headsman Minutes after midnight this date infour senior Wehrmacht officers who had come within an ace of murdering Adolf Hitler less than 12 hours earlier were summarily shot in Berlin — the first of thousands executed for the most famous assassination attempt on the Fuhrer.
One of those rare moments where historical epochs arguably turn on the minutest exigencies of chance, the so-called July 20 plot had seen Col.
Blam Stauffenberg had every reason as he left Wolfsschanze to believe the devastating blast at Little did he know that another officer at the table where the high command was plotting strategy for the eastern front had, in the name of legroom, shifted the deadly satchel to the other side of a heavy oak table support — shielding Hitler from the brunt of the explosion.
Hitler had hearing loss, an injury to his right arm, and one hell of a grudge. Stauffenberg weaseled out of the confused bunker and flew back to Berlin, expecting that his confederates were even then launching Operation Valkyrie — a contingency plan for martial law in the case of civic disturbance that the conspirators intended to use to mount a coup.
Failure to Communicate Control and distribution of information was not the least of the many threads in the tapestry of July 20, While en route, Stauffenberg had no ability to communicate to the wider world. Landing in Berlin three hours after the not-quite-deadly-enough blast at Wolfsschanze, he must have been stunned to find that Valkyrie had not been launched.
Apparently, fragmentary reports from the east were unclear as to whether Hitler had survived; everyone was reluctant about committing himself. Frantically, Stauffenberg — already deeply committed — rallied his comrades and set the treasonable gears into motion.
Compounded by the sluggish and ill-coordinated action of the conspirators, officers of a more opportunist bent soon began lining up with the bad guys.
Jul 21, · Col. Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, for the plot to kill Hitler. July 21st, Headsman. Minutes after midnight this date in , four senior Wehrmacht officers who had come within an ace of murdering Adolf Hitler less than 12 hours earlier were summarily shot in Berlin — the first of thousands executed for the most famous assassination attempt on the Fuhrer. LibraryThing Review User Review - edenjean - LibraryThing. Based upon historical events and the experiences of the author’s family, Sandi Toksvig’s Hitler’s Canary is an effective and suspenseful telling of the German occupation of Denmark.4/5(6). Hitler's Canary is based on a true story. It is the story of Miss Toksvig's father during the Second World War and about his, and his family's, work in the Danish resistance. Since her father, Bamse, died some years before her writing this book, she has had to fill in the details with fiction.
My little daughter would have thought of that. From the perspective of a radio editor it was tragic. Tragic because the way in which details were handled made it obvious that this revolt had had very lithe chance of succeeding. Source The coup fell apart almost as soon as it began.
Fromm Here to Eternity Most decisively of all, timely information had prevented any participation by Gen. But a telephone connection straight from the scene of the crime assured him that Hitler had survived … and that his adjutant was a wanted man.
Fromm the potential collaborator quickly turned the tables on Stauffenberg and company late on the night of the 20th. Notice Hitler greeting Mussolini — the two had been scheduled to meet that day; it would be their last encounter in this world. His maimed right arm hanging concealed beneath a greatcoat, Hitler shakes left-handed.
Fromm … had quickly made up his mind to eliminate these men and not only to cover up the traces — for though he had refused to engage actively in the plot, he had known of it for months, sheltering the assassins and not reporting their plans — but to curry favor with Hitler as the man who put down the revolt.
In the world of the Nazi gangsters it was much too late for this, but Fromm did not realize it. Eyewitnesses say there was much tumult and shouting, mostly by the guards, who were in a hurry because of the danger of a bombing attack — British planes had been over Berlin almost every night that summer.
Stauffenberg and three compatriots were shot. Photo by Daniel Ullrich, licensed by CC-by-sa. Minutes after they died, the SS arrived on the scene and forbade any further executions of potential witnesses.
More problematic — and well into the realm of bar-stool dickering — are the questions of what would have happened if the explosive had hit its target. Stauffenberg enjoys latter-day popularity in Germany — the street where he was shot bears his name — in no small measure because of the confessedly quixotic nature of the attempted murder.
Indeed, he probably died at the height of his potential popularity for history. Over the preceding two months, Soviet offenses had pushed the front back to the prewar Polish border, and the Normandy landing had opened a rapidly expanding western front.
The assassination had a healthy dose of self-interest … and therefore was at least potentially antithetical to other interests at play in the great conflagration. The motivation of sparing the Fatherland the ravages of war on its own soil is not ignoble of itself, of course.
The end result would bleed the Nazi state white at unspeakable human cost … but also, arguably, towards one of the better postwar outcomes imaginable. And would the coup even have achieved the goal of leaving Germany unoccupied? It seems impossible to think that any outcome would have been worse than Hitler, and the last year of the war was also its bloodiest … but among the spectrum of counterfactual alternatives, the appealing possibilities mostly seem to work out in spite of the plotters, rather than because of them.
Countercoups, or even outright civil war, might very likely have erupted between rivals for succession. This might have worked out as the best-case situation — fragmenting German resistance and hastening the inevitable — but it might also have given Germany a leaner, meaner fascism with a path to enduring long-term.
The coup might have utterly failed to obtain peace.ON February 12, witches' covens across the land will mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Gerald Gardner, left, the Merseyside man who became the father of modern witchcraft.
PEOPLE had different ideas about how we could repel the threatened invasion of Hitler's Nazi hordes. Winston Churchill. This book is based on events that took place during the second world war and the experiences of the author’s father during the war.
Bamse, the main character, lives in Denmark with his family. Hitler’s Canary is the extraordinary story of Bamse Skovlund and his youth in Denmark during the Nazi occupation of World War II.
Although not written in diary form, Bamse narrates his own story as a /5. Hitler's Canary by Sandi Toksvig To help put the right book in each reader's hands, consider the following comprehensive text complexity . Jul 08, · Disclaimer's Note: No Copyrght intended!!
Really a great book. I enjoyed reading when I was in school. Feel free to post comments below!!! Jul 21, · Col.
Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, for the plot to kill Hitler. July 21st, Headsman. Minutes after midnight this date in , four senior Wehrmacht officers who had come within an ace of murdering Adolf Hitler less than 12 hours earlier were summarily shot in Berlin — the first of thousands executed for the most famous assassination attempt on the Fuhrer.