Georg Elser, assassin

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Georg Elser, assassin
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Sonnenhalde (Georg Elser), 2015 | Königsbronn (D)

On 8 November 1939, Georg Elser from Königsbronn/Germany carried out an elaborate assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler and other high-ranking Nazi leaders at the Bürgerbräukeller in Munich. 62 people were injured and 8 people killed, however, it did not kill Hitler, who left earlier than expected. Elser was captured, and executed at Dachau concentration camp only less than a month before the end of WW II.

For his intended project, he collected an arsenal of 105 blasting cartridges and 125 detonators at the Vollmer quarry in Königsbronn, where he successfully had strived for a job in April 1939.

In the photograph above entitled "Sonnenhalde, 2015" (from Matthias Roesch | New Photorealism) you see the part of the quarry where Elser picked up his explosives. The illuminated tree on the right-hand side may allow us to perceive a picture of the detonation, and the heaps of gravel in the foreground may remind us of covered victims.

In contrast to the conspirators of the 20 July 1944, Georg Elser was barely acknowledged in the official German commemorative culture until the 1990s.

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