Obituary: Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager,participant in the July 20 plot to assassinate Hitler.

With the British National Party having gained a seat on the London Assembly in Thursdays local elections, I thought it would be appropriate to publish Deutsche Welle’s announcement that the last surviving participant in the 20th July 1944 plot to kill Adolf Hitler has died. Sadly despite the bloody legacy of fascism there are still organizations like the BNP that tout their filth and gain a degree of support at the polls. I for one would like to thank those anti fascist activists who campaign year in year out against the inhumanity that is nazism, for they are the true heirs of the likes of Philipp Boeselager, Sophie Scholl and her friends in the White Rose resistance cell and the millions of working class people who have stood firm against fascism down the years.


Obituary: Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager,participant in the July 20 plot to assassinate Hitler by DW staff writers.

The last surviving participant in the July 20 plot against Hitler has died at age 90. Former army officer Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager provided the explosives for the unsuccessful attack on the German leader.
The bomb exploded but the Nazi leader escaped with slight injuries because an officer had moved the briefcase containing the explosives behind a sturdy leg of an oak table.

Von Boeselager was not executed unlike most of the other officers directly involved in the attempted assassination in 1944 because his co-conspirators refused to reveal his identity.

Von Boeselager advocate of Cruise film

Von Boeselager was one of the few defenders of the film about the 20 July plot
This chapter of German history is currently being turned into a movie with Tom Cruise playing Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, the plotter who planted the bomb.

Von Boeselager, who died early on Thursday morning (May 1), had welcomed the film, which has been controversial because of the involvement of the Scientologist Cruise, saying that it could help the Americans to understand more about the German resistance.

The former army officer had also been selected to assassinate Hitler in an earlier plot, but the plan — which was due to be executed on 13 March 1943 — was cancelled, when it became clear that Heinrich Himmler, whom the plotters also wanted to kill, would not be accompanying the German leader. He always expressed regret for not having gone ahead when he had the opportunity.

Von Boeselager, whose brother Georg was also involved in the resistance, always cited the Holocaust as his motive for wanting to assassinate Hitler. He told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily in one of his last interviews that he could not have slept if he had refused to take part.

He said that he first heard of the Nazi killings during his time at the Russian front in June 1942 — in this particular case the murder of Sinti and Roma.

Until shortly before his death, the former army officer had given talks and lectures in schools and other venues across Germany about National Socialism and the resistance organized by von Stauffenberg and Henning von Tresckow.



Filed under BNP, Democracy/Elections/democratic accountability/organized, fascism, Obituary

4 responses to “Obituary: Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager,participant in the July 20 plot to assassinate Hitler.

  1. Paul

    You celebrate Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager and in the same sentence “the millions of working class people who have stood firm against fascism down the years”. You don’t make the point that Boeselager and Stauffenberg were aristocrats. I don’t know where either of them stood in 1933 but you might think they’d left their opposition quite a long time and perhaps weren’t very sympathetic when working class opponents of Nazism were being rounded up in the period from 1933 to 1935.

  2. Mick Hall


    Of course you are correct that the main opposition to Hitler came from the working classes and their trade unions and political party’s. Never the less however late some of those involved in the July plot may have come to opposing the Hitlerite regime, there is little doubt they acted in a heroic way when they attempted to kill Hitler and most of them paid the ultimate price.

    My point in posting this piece was to highlight that despite millions of people sacrificing their lives in the struggle against the German nazis; fascism is still with us and no matter what class they come from, there will always be people who will oppose it with all their might.

  3. jim

    The Nazis are still around unfortunately, and slimier than ever. Now they’re even attempting to influence Irish migrants into believing their clap-trap:

    Keep up the good work, Mick.

  4. Mick Hall


    Thanks for this, I have passed the info on the Irish in Britain site, good stuff.


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