Commemorating WWII hero Claus von Stauffenberg | DW News

published on July 20, 2020

Here in Germany new military recruits are being sworn in on the 76th anniversary of a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler the tradition reminds members of the Armed Forces to be loyal to their country rather than to a particularly der on July 20th 1944 klaus

Von Stauffenberg led a group of officers who tried to kill Hitler with a briefcase bomb Hitler survived the attack and Stauffenberg and his co-conspirators were rounded up many of them were executed today klaus von

Stauffenberg is hailed by the German German armed forces as a role model and is honored in ceremonies around the country well let's bring in our political correspondent Nina Haase with more on this story hi Nina good

Morning tell us more about how this day is being commemorated well this year it's going to be commemorated in quite a different way because of course the corona virus is still a threat and protective measures against the virus

Are still in place here in Germany so this year there will be no audience present on the ground at that prison where many of the people who took part in that attempted assassination were killed by the Nazis but there will be

Some high-ranking German officials there and there will also be the grandson of Stauffenberg himself who will give a speech and of course the German Defense Minister is going to be there because of the ceremony where the new recruits are

Going to be sworn in what role do you think this day plays in Germany's collective memory today it is still alive in Germany's collective memory of course there have been books there have been exhibitions there has been the

Hollywood film starring Tom Cruise and the German government's over the last few decades have tried actively to keep that memory alive by commemorating that event every year by also choosing that date for that special ceremony where new

Recruits are sworn in and the idea of course is to ingrain that principle of resistance against any form of fascism right-wing extremism within modern-day German soldiers having said that of course the memory is also beginning to

Fade somewhat according to recent polls where some 15 years ago a poll found that half of Germans didn't know what that date stander stood for and that number was even lower with a young generation where one in four I had no

Idea what about the way that Klaus von Stauffenberg is perceived by Germans how has that changed through the decades it has changed tremendously and of course that is very symptomatic and symbolic of how Germans and different German

Generations have thought of their country's Nazi past right after the war in the early 50s there was a poll that found that some 60% almost of Germans thought negatively of that attempted assassination and it took younger

Generations to question their parents and grandparents activity during the war during the Nazi era to change that perception of what the Nazis had actually committed which crimes that committed and how that whole period was

Seen in over the decades and then of course these days a fraction of Germans only think of Stalin Beck and his people as traitors interestingly enough the some members of the alternative for Germany party which is of course

Germany's biggest opposition party call Davin Beck and his people traitors and that is proved to some experts that this party is at least home to some people with right-wing extremist views our political correspondent Nina Haase thank

You very much a solemn trumpet salute for the heroes of the German resistance the pared-down ceremony was held at the site of plesance a prison in berlin where many of the conspirators were executed after their plot to kill Hitler

Had failed on the 20th of July 1944 German army officer Klaus von Stauffenberg led the attempt to kill the dictator with a briefcase bomb Hitler survived the attack but the plot showed the world that not all Germans back the

Nazis a story that still has meaning today according to stauffenberg's grandson it is a biblical truth that in democracies there have been many successful assassinations which have changed the cause of the world in a

Tragic way against dictators assassinations have almost never succeeded but these resistance fighters resolved that they must make the attempt whatever the cost

Germany's defense minister stressed that the example of the plotters continues to inspire the country's military we will empower peace freedom and humane this around the world we were knew this promise here and now

In commemoration of the men and women of the 20th of July 1944 a different manner thus 116 early to underline that tradition the 20th of July is now a date when German army recruits swear their oath of allegiance to serve their

Country but also to put their conscience above mere obedience to orders in another world war 2 commemoration France has been marking the Nazi roundup of thousands of Parisian Jews in July 1942 they were taken into custody in an

Operation known as Velda yves named after the cycling racetrack where most of them were first held only a limited number of people were allowed to attend the ceremony because of copán 19 precautions this was a very controlled

Environment where even the children of survivors could not attend but the significance of the ceremony loomed large it commemorates the events of July 1942 when more than 13,000 Paris Jews were rounded up by the German occupying

Forces with the help of French police most of the Jews were brought to the city's indoor cycling track they and the others were then deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp at the ceremony a leader of the Jewish

Community in France expressed his concern about the rise of anti-semitism there was an almost 75 percent increase in anti-semitic acts in the country in 2018 and a further increase of more than 25 percent last year the mayor of Paris

Anadarko said she's concerned just with hey there you go see good I would also like before the end of this year if health conditions allow to organize with all the religious and also secular authorities a conference to take

A moment to reflect on and review all these foundations of anti-semitism and racism undermining our society human and local society more than 75 thousand French Jews were deported to Nazi death camps but only a few thousand survived

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