ValkyrieDVD - 2009
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Based on the incredible true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg and his ingenious assassination plot targeting Adolf Hitler, this engrossing thriller reenacts the daring operation to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known.
Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten, Thomas Kretschmann, Terence Stamp.
Germany remembers army officers executed as traitors after failed 1944 assassination bid
Jul 21, 2009
BERLIN – Four German army officers who tried but failed to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944 were honoured posthumously yesterday, 65 years after they were executed.
The July 20 plotters – as they became known by the date of their 1944 execution – were viewed as traitors immediately after World War II, but have since been celebrated annually for their attempt to use a briefcase bomb to kill Hitler.
Col. Claus Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg placed the bomb in a conference room where Hitler was meeting with his aides and military advisers, but Hitler escaped the blast because someone moved the briefcase next to a table leg, deflecting much of the explosive force.
The day has gained significance as wounds over the war heal and Europe grows comfortable with reunified Germany.
Yesterday, German leaders honoured the plotters at a ceremony at the Berlin Ploetzensee Memorial Centre for the victims of the Nazis, and during the swearing-in of 400 army recruits at an annual ceremony in front of the Reichstag.
Germany holds the swearing-in ceremonies each year to highlight the resistance to Hitler from within the military and the inspiration for Germany's postwar army – with missions mandated by parliament, and not by the head of state. For years the swearing-in ceremonies were held at the Bendlerblock building, now the defence ministry, where the plotters were executed. But they were moved last year to the Reichstag, the seat of Germany's parliament.
Historians still argue, however, about the plotters' motives, given their conservative views and early support for Hitler.
The plot was recently dramatized in the film Valkyrie, in which Tom Cruise portrayed von Stauffenberg.