Great Satan’s Girlfriend reminded me of something that I had spaced off. Today is the anniversary of Count Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg’s attempted assassination of Adolph Hitler. The history of the operation has sort of a Keystone Kops feel about it – nothing went really right for them, and Hitler survived. Here let’s let Courtney tell the story:
Valkyrie is an ancient viking superstition. When brave Norsemen fell in battle (often raiding parties) these hotties with their mammoth shields would appear on winged horses and tote off the fallen to heathen heaven – Valhalla.
Despite oathbreaking, defacing images of gods and wickedness in general – all would be forgiven by success in combat – especially if the offender died a heroic saga inspiring death.
Claus Schenk was a real European blue blood aristocrat. Awarded nobility back in the Holy Roman Empire days ( funny though – HRE was a triple no go – it was neither Holy, Roman or an Empire) the family became von Staffenberg.
In WWII time Deutschland, Valkyrie was code for the Nazi party to maintain control of the Reich in the event of a catastrophic disaster that killed or incapacitated the leadership.
By summertime 1944, 3rd Reich was facing the horrible modern era manifestation of von Gneisenau and von Scharnhorst’s ultimate nightmare – the multi front war.
Allies had captured Rome and were grinding their way up the bloody Eyetye boot of Italy, Allies were fixing to bust out of the Normandy bocage and unleash Great Satan’s panzer General Patton.And the largest defeat in modern history – the destruction of Armee Gruppe Centre saw the annihilation of 20 irreplacable German divisions in a massive Soviet blitz that drove Germany out of Russia and vaulted the Red Army right outside Warsaw.
Despite Allied claims that only unconditional surrender would satiate the Allied and Russian thirst for righteous payback, a clique of Wehrmacht officers plotted a coup d’tat’ against 3rd Reich in an effort to spare Germany ultimate defeat and dismemberment using the contingency plan of ‘Valkyrie’.
Germany’s armed forces had to swear a ‘holy oath’ – not to the state or nation or a constitution – but to der fuhrer personally. In order for the plot to work – der fuhrer had to be killed. Valkyrie also planned trying the wartime leaders of 3rd Reich for war and humanitarian crimes, working out reparations with the allies and bringing Germany back into the family of nations.
Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg was a panzer officer that had fought in Poland, France, Russia and with the famous ‘Afrika Korps’.
Suffering debilitating wounds from combat – losing an eye, a hand and three fingers, Claus and his co conspirators – facing the truth of the regime they so valiantly served – tried in their own way to rectify their sins – singular and collective.
Valkyrie energized the evil leaders of 3rd Reich, anyone connected with the cats of the coup were ruthlessly hunted down, tormented and slain.
via GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Valkyrie
And so, the plot failed, and the war went on, as described in the link, until Götterdamerung, the next April.
But it could arguably have worked and it was the last gasp of the old ‘Good Germany’ not to mention the old Prussian Jünkers, who at the last tried to do the only sensible thing. While he was actually not involved was Feldmarschall Rommel, who had built a very good reputation (even amongst his opponents) in the African campaign, was force to commit suicide because of it.
I mention it here because it also killed one of the best Lutheran theologians of the twentieth century, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was implicated as well. He was hanged on 9 April 1945, at Flossenbürg concentration camp. He was not hanged in the normal, reasonably merciful way, that we think of. He was taken, naked, into the courtyard of the fortress, it took him about six hours to die. Reports of the exact way the execution was carried out vary.
Two weeks later the US 90th and 97th Infantry divisions liberated the camp.
The last message we know of him was passed to asked an English prisoner Payne Best to remember him to Bishop George Bell of Chichester if he should ever reach his home: “This is the end—for me the beginning of life.”
The Deutsche Evangelische Kirche in Sydenham, London, at which he preached between 1933 and 1935, was destroyed by bombing in 1944. A replacement church was built in 1958 and named Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Kirche in his honor.
And he is remembered as both a theologian and a martyr by United Methodist Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and several church members of the Anglican Communion including the Episcopal Church (USA).
The Deutsche Evangelische Kirche in Sydenham, London.
I have attended many meetings and Christian conferences there as it is used by Ichthus Christian Fellowship (with which I am associated) as their meeting place for conferences and Sunday meetings.
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Funny how things sometimes connect! 🙂
Bosco the Great said:
I am somewhat an authority on Nazi Germany. The plan was good, good as you could get with the SD snooping around. Too bad Hitler kicked the bomb away from him. The heavy table sheltered hitler. Just one of those things.
As an aside, the comments are closed in the post where good sisters Jess and ginny get at it.
Jess, sorry to say, I feel that you came down on good sister Ginny too hard. You have to remember that she is in the clutch of a false religion and that she has all kinds of weird ideas. I get in trouble, not for attacking the person, but attacking the root cause…..their phoney baloney devilish religion. What I see is that you scold her for not being saved. You know, what you say is true and all that. But its like spanking a cat….they don’t know why you are hitting them. Their false religion has them believing all that madness, and they do believe it. What I do is point out that their religion is flawed and that they should go to the source…..Jesus, and ask him to reveal the truth. The catholic cult of personality is not only flawed, its down rite satanic. Yes there are truly wicked men everywhere. But it seems that catholic priestcraft is where to go if you are perverted. Its a perverted cult and its priests are perverted. There a story here in the states a few weeks ago about a seminarian in the catholic church. Hes still in priests school but soon would have graduated and would be handing out Isis Horus and Seth crackers….if he hadn’t been caught trying to buy infants to have sex with, from Mexico. Were talking one and 2 yr old infants. You might have read about it. These are the men who inhabit the ranks of the catholic priestcraft.