Would-Be Hitler Killer Dead at 90

Von Boeselager escaped after trying to murder the Führer twice
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2008 6:29 PM CDT
Would-Be Hitler Killer Dead at 90
A July 20, 2004 file photo shows Philipp Baron von Boeselager, right, one of the last surviving members of the inner circle that attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler in a bomb attack.    (AP Photo/ Jan Bauer)

The last surviving member of a cabal that twice tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler died this week at age 90, the Telegraph reports. Nearly all of Phillip Von Boeselager’s co-conspirators were executed after a 1944 attempt to plant a bomb under the table at Hitler’s East Prussian headquarters, but von Boeselager escaped and Hitler sustained only minor injuries in the blast.

Earlier, Von Boeselager planned to gun down Hitler and SS commander Heinrich Himmler before leading a coup d’état. But the plan was aborted when Himmler left early; the Cabal feared Himmler would simply succeed the Führer. Tom Cruise is starring in a film about the first murder try called Valkyrie, due out next year. (More obituary stories.)

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