Adolf Hitler by John Toland (PT15)

Of course, any great bureaucracy has its loopholes and for Hitler and his “Final Solution” such took the form of Morgen, a highly devoted SS man in the judicial system with a sense of justice which would make the heroes in Anime series look childish. Dedicated to legal practice Morgen, upon order and rumor, was sent to investigate malpractice and mistreatment of prisoners within the concentration camps.

Touring many camps Morgen found ghastly evidence of mass-murder. Against all odds he perused the ones responsible for such crimes and through sheer will managed to bring to trial over 800 persons, 200 of who were sentenced with charges with several executed. While later on Morgen would be ordered to cease and desist in his activities by Hitler himself, it goes to show just how many leaks Hitler’s corrupt system possessed.

Morgen’s order to cease his investigations came because his findings were threatening the veil of secrecy on the extermination program. Previously Hitler and Himmler alone were the chief architects of the murderous plot yet with set-backs on the war front, which included Russian armies advancing as many as 250 miles during an offensive, they knew that if they were to realize their dream of a clean Europe free of Jews then they would have to include more individuals on their operation.

This was done to mixed feelings. While they revealed their intentions to the leaders of the military the response to the killings was at one time a chorus of wild cheers and another time an uncertain cacophony of silence; coughs and sickened eyes strewn with disbelief at what they had just heard. Himmler propounded on such killings with a detached efficiency resulting in drunken debauchery on many of his subordinates, the malaise of liquor the only substance strong enough to drown themselves in an ocean of forget.

Revelation of genocide, however, was not the only traumatic event rocking the worlds of the Hitler faithful. During the following year Hitler’s Reich would be shook to its foundations by several more chaotic events: in June the Allies launched the invasion of Normandy while some months after this, a extended group of officers plotted treason against the Furher.

In counteracting the Normandy invasion Hitler was slow and not keen in believing that it was a genuine invasion. Because his mind was still focused on the possibility that it was a decoy (like Operation: Bodyguard) he refused to release the vital forces needed to push the allies from the beachhead. His generals were insistent that decisive action was needed yet Hitler headfast refused and thus sealed Germany’s fate.

In terms of fate Hitler’s own life was also in dire jeopardy.  This came in the form of an attempted coup de ta on the part of a group of disgruntled officers (from all branches of the Reich) who resolutely thought in order to secure Germany’s future Hitler must be removed.

While previous assassination attempts had failed the culprits were not deterred. This time the plot came in the form of a bomb hidden in a suit-case. It would be placed near Hitler during a military meeting. After it exploded, presumably killing Hitler, conspirators acros both Germany and the occupied territories would take action and try to overthrow the Nazi loyalists, make peace with the Allies, and discover a solution to the Russian war.

Unfortunately, however, their plot failed. While the bomb did explode as scheduled due to freak environmental circumstances Hitler was spared all but gracing injuries. And while the rebels tried their best to organize among the confusion of the plot’s aftermath ultimately they were routed by Hitler’s loyalists. In retaliation Hitler reigned down an ocean of terror on any he suspected of treason; in all over five-thousand people, mostly innocent bystanders, would be executed.

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