In this Friday, July 12, 2019 photo a picture of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, left, and Albrecht Ritter Merz von Quirnheim is displayed a the exhibition at the German Resistance Memorial Center inside the Bendlerblock building of the defensive ministry in Berlin. Stauffenberg was one of the leaders of the failed assassinate to Adolf Hitler one July 20, 1944. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Germany honors resisters who tried to assassinate Hitler

July 19, 2019 - 2:27 am

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is marking the 75th anniversary of the most famous plot to kill Adolf Hitler, honoring those who resisted the Nazis — who were stigmatized for decades as traitors — as pillars of the country's modern democracy amid growing concerns about the resurgence of the far-right.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will speak Saturday at an annual swearing-in ceremony for some 400 troops before addressing a memorial event, paid tribute ahead of the anniversary to executed plot leader Col. Claus von Stauffenberg and his fellow conspirators and highlighted their importance to modern Germany. She said that "only if we understand our past can we build a good future."

Von Stauffenberg tried to kill Hitler with a briefcase bomb on July 20, 1944, during a meeting at his headquarters in East Prussia.

AP Editorial Categories: