Bombing Hitler: The Story of the Man Who Almost Assassinated the Fuhrerby Hellmut G. Haasis, William Odom (Translator)
Georg Elser was just an ordinary working-class citizen living in Munich, Germany. He was employed as a carpenter and had spent some time working in a watch factory. That all changed when he took it upon himself, without telling his family or friends, to single-handedly attempt to assassinate the most powerful man in all of Germany: the Führer, Adolph
Georg Elser was just an ordinary working-class citizen living in Munich, Germany. He was employed as a carpenter and had spent some time working in a watch factory. That all changed when he took it upon himself, without telling his family or friends, to single-handedly attempt to assassinate the most powerful man in all of Germany: the Führer, Adolph Hitler.
Elser’s plan was centered on the Munich Beer Hall, where he knew Hitler would be making a speech. Working slowly and in secret, he started to assemble the bomb that he would use to try to kill Hitler. When finished, the bomb was hidden in a hollowed-out space near the speaker’s podium.
The bomb went off successfully, killing eight people . . . but Hitler was not one of them.
Bombing Hitler is an incredible tale that takes you back to 1939, and recreates the steps that led Elser from the Munich Beer Hall, to his attempted escape across the Swiss border, and sadly, to the concentration camp where his heroic life ended. Hear for the first time the epic and tragic story of a man who stood up for what he knew was right, opposed the most powerful man in Germany, and came close to single-handedly ending the war.
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HELLMUT G. HAASIS was born in 1942 in the town of Mühlacker in southwestern Germany. He is the author of Joseph Süß Oppenheimer, genannt Jud Süß. Finanzier, Freidenker, Justizopfer and Tod in Prag. Das Attentat auf Reinhard Heydrich. He has also published short stories, poems, dramas, and radio plays, as well as a novel in Swabian dialect. He is the recipient of the Thaddäus-Troll Prize, the Schubart Prize, and the Civis Prize.
WILLIAM ODOM studied at the Freie Üniversität Berlin, entering the university in 1961 as construction on the Wall was beginning. He holds a PhD in German from Tulane University and is the author of German for Singers and translator of JAZZ: A Photo History by Joachim-Ernst Berendt, and Hörspiel. He has been a professor of German for over forty years.
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Bomb­ing Hitler: The Story of the Man Who Almost Assas­si­nated the Führer by Hell­mut G. Haa­sis, (trans­lated by William Odom) is the true story of Georg Elser and his failed attempt on Hitler’s life. Bomb­ing Hitler by Hell­mut G. Haa­sis tells of Georg Elser’s deci­sion to assas­si­nate Hitler in a Munich Beer Hall. Elser’s said that he sim­ply wanted to” pre­vent even greater blood­shed through my act”. Elser, a blue col­lar worker, worked and planned for months in order to plant a bomb in a pil­lar which sup­ports the roof of the beer hall. The bomb worked, killing eight peo­ple, but miss­ing its intended tar­get who had to leave early for Berlin (cut­ting his speech from 2 hours to a mere hour). The book is a well researched doc­u­ment, using inter­views from first hand sources as well as his­tor­i­cal doc­u­men­ta­tion, the author is not afraid to also pro­vide some com­men­tary as well as objec­tive analy­sis which is a plea­sure to read. Haa­sis takes the reader on a jour­ney through a fright­en­ing police state, Elser’s bru­tal inter­ro­ga­tions (with Himmler’s per­sonal involve­ment), until he is exe­cuted in Dachau. One of the books main goals is to res­ur­rect Elser’s rep­u­ta­tion. In the years after the war, Elser has been accused to being an SS agent, how­ever through research and doc­u­men­ta­tion, Haa­sis shows that he was any­thing but. In fact Elser put in dan­ger all those he came in con­tact with and the whole town he grew up in. Mr. Haa­sis did an excel­lent job recre­at­ing the steps Elser took to in his attempt to assas­si­nate the oppres­sor, his escape attempt and time at the hands of the bru­tal SS. An inspir­ing story about a man who stood up for what he believes in, dis­re­gard­ing the odds and almost ended the biggest war the world has ever seen single-handedly.