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Last Survivor of “Operation Valkyrie,” a Hitler Assassination Plot, Dies at 90

The last surviving member of a plot to kill Adolf Hitler has died at the age of Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist once volunteered for a suicide attack on Adolf Hitler, and was later involved in the famous "Operation Valkyrie" attempt on the dictator's life.

1***WWII-- Operation Valkyrie--On 20 July 1944, an attempt was made to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Führer of Nazi Germany, perpetrated by Claus von Stauffenberg & other conspirators, inside his Wolf's Lair field headquarters near Rastenburg, East Prussia. The name Operation Valkyrie, originally referring to a component part of the conspirators' overall plot, has become associated with the event.

from Mail Online

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July 20, 1944: The "Valkyrie" plot to kill Hitler is put into action. This photo shows the Wolf's Lair after the bomb blast, which killed 4 but only wounded Hitler. All participants in the plot were executed. July 20 has become a day to commemorate all those who took part in the resistance movement against the Nazi regime.


He, his superior General Friedrich Olbricht and Stauffenberg planned Operation Valkyrie, a plan of action to be implemented as soon as Hitler had been killed. Meanwhile, Quirnheim succeeded Stauffenberg as Chief of Staff at the Army's General Office in Berlin. Immediately after the attempt on Hitler's life in East Prussia on 20 July 1944, Quirnheim urged General Olbricht to activate Operation Valkyrie, even though they could not be sure whether Hitler was dead.


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Friedrich Olbricht (1888-1944) was a German general who developed the plan for Operation Valkyrie, ostensibly to put down internal unrest, but in fact as a coup d'état. Together with resistance circles around other generals, he worked to find a means of assassinating Adolf Hitler and ending the Nazi regime. When the briefcase bomb failed to kill Hitler on July 20, 1944, Olbricht was arrested and executed at his headquarters in the Bendlerblock despite Hitler's orders to take the plotters…