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But some historians claim a great opportunity was wasted because of a series of errors and lack of planning on the part of the conspirators.
Every year, on November 8, Hitler and the “veteran soldiers” of the National Socialist Party would gather to commemorate the failed putsch of November 9,1923. Hitler would usually begin his speech at 8:30 p.m., and would continue speaking until 10:00. On November 8, 1939, Hitler decided to begin his speech approximately half an hour earlier than usual. He finished at 9:07, and left the site. At 9:20, a bomb exploded and shook the beer hall. Hitler escaped an assassination attempt. Nine people were killed.
Originally posted by DragonsDemesne
Yeah, it really makes you wonder what would have happened if Hitler had been killed earlier. No question he was responsible for the deaths of millions, but he wasn't alone. If he had been killed, would one of his top generals or aides have stepped up to the plate and continued the war and killing, or would it have stopped? Or... would it have gotten even worse?
The Allies won in part because Hitler was going insane by the end; would they have won if someone more competent had replaced Hitler?
Karl Bonhoeffer, (the father of Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was an Evangelical pastor and part of the Confessional Church that preached against Nazism, and would later be tried and executed for his complicity in the July 1944 assassination plot against Adolf Hitler), was chairman of the German Psychiatric Association and Chair for Psychiatry and Neurology at the Berlin University.
From the beginning, Mr. Bohnhoeffer was suspicious of Hitler and eventually saw through to the power-hungry demagogue. Not only did Karl Bonhoeffer protest several of the Nazi laws that introduced banning Jews and Gypsies from the Civil Service, but in 1938 he prepared a paper in an attempt to demonstrate that the dictator, Adolf Hitler, was clinically insane.
Answering those kinds of what-ifs is impossible, of course, but it makes you think. Everyone assumes that killing Hitler would have benefited the world, and I think it would have, if done early enough, but once he got enough support, someone even worse might have taken over on his assassination. Compare it with terrorism today; even when we kill their leaders, the terror continues, as we've seen all too well in more recent years.