We took this challenge before our Lord and our conscience, and it must be done, because this man, Hitler, he is the ultimate evil.
Claus von Stauffenberg
July 20, 1944 is an important date in history. It is the date of the failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. It was by no means the only attempt but it is, perhaps, the most famous because the plot was the most far reaching. It is also the date that Claus von Stauffenberg, the leader, and other plotters were executed. Each year on this date there is a memorial ceremony in Berlin.
“Every year, on July 20, the Memorial to German Resistance, located at the military building complex in Berlin known as the Bendlerblock, commemorates the few Germans who had the courage to go against Hitler and the Nazi regime. Taking place in the courtyard of the building complex at which the museum is located, the ceremony serves as a reminder of the events that occurred there on the night of July 20, 1944, when a firing squad executed military officers involved in the plot: Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, First Lieutenant Werner von Haeften, General Friedrich Olbricht, and Colonel Albrecht Ritter Mertz von Quirnheim.”
On July 20th we should contemplate the courage to oppose tyranny.