42 Ways To Kill Hitler

2008, History  -   42 Comments
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42 Ways To Kill HitlerAdolf Hitler is perhaps the most feared and despised man of the 20th century. Not surprisingly, there were over 40 documented attempts on Hitler's life.

Assassins ranged from simple craftsmen to high-ranking soldiers in the Fhrer's own military. Aided by cutting-edge CGI, security experts explain why the plots failed; and using modern weapon and explosive experiments, determine what slight change could have made the missions successful.

Historians theorize how history would have been altered had just one of the killers eliminated Hitler.

Adolph Hitler, it seems, wasn't well liked. This documentary from National Geographic examines the numerous historical plots to kill the Fuhrer and why they floundered. The program's panel of experts also discusses how these plans might have succeeded--and how Hitler's assassination might have changed history.

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  1. Chris Saunders

    Sam Malloy you're Jewish I take it?

  2. DustUp

    It would seem that power corrupts and the ability to control the information that is disseminated is power; especially when a populace is too lazy to look at any other information, let alone at least SOME information from sources not beholden to the Corporate-Govt-Media-Military Complex. Up until the internet, if you wanted to get published you had to write something agreeable to the publishing houses.

    I would like to know how those who consider themselves to be properly educated or informed came to that conclusion, especially about Hitler? How do you know you didn't receive propaganda in school and the books you have read or other information you have seen/heard? (it is rhetorical question only) To the victors go the spoils and one of those is propagandizing history to justify their actions. And what "Allied" historian who bothered to dig, would write how the usa public and volunteering patriots were duped, as has been the case most of the time? War is for profit, not for settling anything.

    Although this documentary may be interesting to some, I would find it much more interesting for those that made the decisions at the time, to explain without the benefit of BS/propaganda, why Churchill was so loathsome of Hitler from early on, prior to him setting military foot outside his borders. Was it because England couldn't handle the competition; Germany eating England's lunch in the export market?

    And why did the US Navy fill Pearl Harbor full of boats prior to an attack they knew was coming?

    And how is it Hitler had so many Ford trucks and others with GM chassis? How is it Standard Oil was selling fuel to the Nazis during the war?

    Clearly Stalin liked the idea of having cover of war to get rid of another 40 million of his own countrymen after the 20mln or so he already "cleansed".

    Clearly Hitler was the right zealot for the job of war, to make the captains of industry and the banksters a mint. A cornered patriot much like a cornered animal ready to strike if need be. Stalin was already planning to invade so what did he have to lose? Those in his own ranks that wanted him dead knew that it was either him or eventually them, with more than one major army coming after them. Would these German officers have wanted to terminate Hitler had they never lost a battle or were so blind they couldn't see the inevitable?

    It would seem elementary that Stalin killed far more Jews than Hitler. No doubt many of those were attributed to Hitler. Did Hitler have access to even a million?

    What does one think when one sees Jews from a closer in concentration camp that didn't have its supply lines bombed out by the Allies likely causing Typhus outbreak, state how they were treated well? You can see this if you search.

    It seems the socialists are the new/old nazis(National Socialists). They cannot tolerate those who prefer freedom. Freedom to choose where and what and how and when, for most any issue, like education, landowner rights, and the right to arm one's self; without govt corrupted with socialists interfering. Proof? The FBI corrupted with socialists were working to thwart Trump prior to and obviously after the election. Did your socialist media fail to inform you? Maybe you ought not to be so lazy and find better sources than the major propaganda networks and school. I know it is difficult to turn your computer on and use it to do a few searches but all that herculean effort is well worth it. Certainly there is some propaganda in "The Greatest Story Never Told" but it is worth a search and a watch also.

    What is the truth? Hard to say, I wasn't there. It does seem Hitler turned bad although not as bad as painted. Stalin far worse. Churchill was a royal prick. And the usa? You be the judge. I'd say guilty as hell for some. And we will likely end up the same as England, a socialist corrupt has been, like every other empire, where the votes of one group are bought at the forced expense of another group. You are free to do as they tellXX permit you. That way socialists feel all cozy about it since fee permits are "legal" and dictating doesn't sound as nice. If you live in an apt. and work for govt and think that more govt equals more opportunity for advancement for you, then you are a socialist. If you think anything about my non violent non aggressive nature and life that wants to cut down a tree on my property to build a cabin, needs controlled, then you are a socialist who needs to move to a different country rather that ruining this once great nation. By the way, trees grow like weeds around here so get over yourself.

    Or you could read the Constitution, follow its wisdom, and insist our govt does as well. That is about the only thing that will save the usa.

  3. MrKhazar

    LOL it's funny because no one makes documentaries pertaining to the systematic genocide of the Palestinians in Israeli concentration camps.

    1. wa2pu

      I guess Hamas should stop using them as shields then and stop attacking Israel.

  4. Alexandru Matei

    @MsTruNorth

    Where have you ever seen a video on youtube buffering?

    The problem is probably your connection.

  5. MsTruNorth

    Videos on YouTube will not buffer. This is the death knell of YT.

  6. OneMind

    Well the experiment with the explosive near the end of the video was VERY flawed. They used a table made of particle board. The Germans would not have used particle board tables. Particle board came in during the sixties. The Germans have always been well known for the stout quality of their furniture, the table at Wolfs Lair would certainly have been made of oak, or some other sturdy hard wood and that, as this video itself implies, was one of the reasons Hitler survived the blast. The particle board table that the two experimenters used, certainly didn't need the extra concussive force of the larger blast, to "kill" Hitlers mannequin stand in. What a farcical exercise in detonology.

  7. buy_me

    it makes me SICK to read that some of you idiots think hitler had the right ideals... are you f-ing kidding me ?
    I think you missed some history lessons back at school...
    nobody deserves to be wiped out, no matter which race or nationality ! whoever claims anything else is either dumb or evil .

    1. Jane Doe

      exactly, why can't people just 'live and let live'.

    2. Sam Malloy

      And he killed EVERYBODY who opposed him, or threatened his totalitarian regime. This includes Jehovah Witnesses, many VERY religious christians, people with power/money who didn't support him. He was sick, if he didn't like you he would just say you were Jewish and take you away. He killed about 23million non-jewish Slavic people from around all Europe... My point being it wasn't JUST the jewish groups it was EVERYONE who he wanted to kill, and it was atrocious. No one deserved that, especially considering that most of the people tortured were innocent civilians many of whom were women, and kids.
      The only "people" who "idolize" that homosexual with one testicle , are usually VERY low class stupid people, and often don't even know the stuff he actually did. They just think "ooohh if he was here he'd kill the blacks and all the people i don't like"... In reality he'd probably kill you, and who ever he felt like killing.

    3. Edd

      Whilst I agree with this, Hitler did revitalise Germany before he started going crazy and committed mass murder. He made it into the European Economic 'Super- Power' that it is today.

    4. coryn

      Well, sort of ..... The Marshall Plan was an American effort to 'revitalize' European industries after the war, to get world trade working again. And incidentally, it was Albert Speer who directed industry at the end for Hitler, milking the last bit of material and effort from the country, and keeping the war going another couple of months. And all he got for it was 20 years........

    5. Edd

      Yes admittedly, but without Hitler's intervention following Stresemann's death Germany would never have recovered from its crash in the early 30s.

    6. coryn

      True, Hitler had gained public support, he brought desperate people together and certainly everyone was ready to get back to work to rebuild their country. It gives strength to the argument that power is like a drug, and leaders such as Hitler and Mussolini and Stalin become addicted to gaining more and more power, until they do anything to maintain that power. The Wall Street Crash in 1929 and the fall of the Creditanstalt bank in 1931 put the whole world in a hurt, and the US was the last man standing, our huge wartime capacity for building aircraft and trucks needed some marketplace........ so Dodge trucks wound up in Russia and planes and construction equipment went to France and Germany. Hence the Marshall Plan, or officially the 'European Recovery Act', or ERA.

    7. Nordine

      Not for 1 second I admire Hitler but i will say history is written by the winners always. So of course he is a monster. Put yourself in a german's shoe after 1918 and you tell me how you see it it? Easy for people to say shit when they have no idea what Germans went through for 20+ years after world war 1. I do not agree with his methods but when your pushed what can you do? You rather just suffer all your life or do something about it?

  8. Snoik

    "Adolph Hitler, it seems, wasn’t well liked." No shit, Einstein.

  9. Bjd Dt

    It was maybe a bit short and the narrator was a little misleading at the Stauffenberg part. They did have a plan but the original one had to be given up on short notice. It involved Rommel who would have used his big name and given the order to surrender to the allies as soon as news of the assassination and the installing of a new government reached the front. It was a fake government consisting of members of the plot but they would controll the communication flow for a short time. Ironically Rommel got hit by an allied bomb when he was on his way to inform the allies of his plan. He got injured and was killed after the attempt failed.

    Another sad thing is how Elser was killed just weeks before the war ended and that for so long his memory was tarnished by every historian because everyone tried to make him part of some government plan many even said he was just a nazi pawn who was given order to plant that bomb in order to blame the brits.
    It sadly always shows that those parties with good "lobbies" manage to highlight rather minor resistance. For example in Germany you will here frome the Scholl siblings a lot but rather little of all those working class who died people who really did have a real resistance.

  10. Moloch

    he is in antartica, with the uberman in his Einsamkeitburg

  11. Dan

    Only problem is,,, Hitler did not kill himself, he got away. Funny how they can say in the documentary specifically what type and caliber of pistol he used when his body was never found. Stalin admitted Hitler escaped. Suspected places are either Argentina or Spain. Considering the fact that there were high ranking Nazis found hiding in foreign countries after the war, it is not inconceivable to believe that Hitler did the same. Many important Nazis were never found. Those that were show absolutely no remorse whatsoever for what they did. Many openly claim the war years were the best times of their lives. What the Nazis did was the most horrible mass murder in history and it was wrong. I fear a worse scenario will one day play out however, as religeon combined with the lust for wealth and power, make up the volatile root of all evil

    1. raki123

      Hitler tried to save us from the satan synagogue who calles themself "jews". The history is totally manipulated, what we face today is a government who controls us, do you know who they are?

    2. Sarah Hickey

      He was pure evil. Evil took his form and killed millions of innocent people. Your response must be a joke, the only person Hitler tried to save was himself. That is especially evident in his last few days in his Berlin bunker. An evil coward.

    3. Sam Malloy

      I can't believe that Hitler's elementary Propaganda still works on some intellectually lacking individuals. I mean i know that there are many paranoid and unintelligent individuals out there, but who knew that you things were THIS challenged.

      For your information, Hitler didn't like ANY strongly religious groups because he wanted to be viewed as GOD by the people. Secondly the Jewish were not only a very strongly religious group, they were also decently successful and intelligent on average, not an easy group to brainwash(unlike you who is clearly very low class). And just like any intelligent sane person, none of them would ever line up for his propaganda, even if the target was not them.

      He killed anyone who stood as a threat to him, but he often would just call them "jew" as a "reason". But in reality it was like killing a random person and calling them a "terrorist" or something, without giving proof of what they have done wrong.

      He spread the exact SAME propaganda against the Soviet Union calling ALL slavic people inferior, and sub-human, and evil. Funny thing is even though there were Nazi Criminals working on the inside of Soviet Union and killing rich and influential Soviet CITIZENS, while also robbing them(often using the "jewish" "reason" as an excuse. Soviets STILL Crushed nazi germany in DIRECT warfare. So who was "inferior"? Nazi bobble head criminals who hurt and tortured innocent women and children, while they were CRUSHED by the Soviet Army.

      Hitler demonized ANY group that stoop as a threat to him, and the fact that there are STILL some individuals who are brain washed to believe this kind of childish simple propaganda just makes me feel sick. And re-enforces the notion that there are SO many mentally unstable people in our societies. If I were you i'd go to a therapist... even though you probably can't afford one... then just go to a doctor and get some anti-psychotics prescribed.

      I mean there are FEMA camps ALL OVER the US, and what if a civil war breaks out, and what if the victims are all white, and below average intelligence individuals like you. What if they are demonized and ALL called as "terrorists" or some sort of a threat, when in reality they will just have one common link between them... the fascist leader just doesn't like them for(WHAT EVER REASON).

      So yeah how would YOU like that? Or is your brain so small that you're having a hard time imagining it if it played out negatively towards YOU. It's always easy to blame a group you have no association with, but what if the next group targeted is a group that YOU belong to...?
      Individuals cause crime not WHOLE groups of people, heck even actually religious SATANISTS are not ALL evil, many just play dress up, and "pray", but never would actually hurt anyone. Individuals cause crime, and INDIVIDUALS can be evil, only guilty cowards target WHOLE groups of people as "evil".

      So sad that "people" like you exist, because being THAT susceptible to propaganda makes YOU sub-human in my eyes. And i'm not religious, but if it came down to me HAVING to choose between the killing of a WHOLE group of people, OR those INDIVIDUALS who lack intelligence, and are susceptible to paranoia and other destructive patterns to our society and innocent civilians. Then i would chose INDIVIDUALS like you to get wiped out. Evolution should have done that, but for some reason empathy has lead us to keeping the intellectually lacking para#sites such as yourself. Who are willing to find any religious group as a blame target for your OWN failures in life.

    4. illuminatilizardperson

      Perhaps a pyramidal aluminum hat will help protect you from those magical, all powerful, evil Jews....

  12. Robert

    OMG.......It's not A-dolf
    It's Ad-olf

  13. Doc

    Okay documentary, but it really just stresses through these interesting events and doesn't provide the depth you'd want. Guess "Hitler's Bodyguards" is better.

  14. Marie

    Interesting doc! Thanks for uploading.
    I recognized Frank Doyle from a few Mythbusters episodes.

  15. Yougurt

    Mickey even!! Oopps.

  16. Yougurt

    You are right Joe.

    Hitler had the right ideal, get rid of those Jewish leeches. The only race that i can think o that was kicked out of every country they ever infested.

    1. Sam Malloy

      They weren't "kicked" out of every Country... learn the history. There were religious disputes between them and "Islam"muslims. And last time i checked Muslims don't even get along with Western or any Democratic societies, so i'll go as far as to say i don't trust the Muslims on this one. And they(jewish) were not welcomed AFTER the nazi propaganda. But the thing is, any society that the Jewish went to ALWAYS flourished and DID AMAZINGLY. When most of the Jewish people that were left came to AMERICA it became one of the most successful, and creative Countries. Now that a lot moved to Australia, AUSTRALIA is doing BETTER THAN IT EVER DID, and AMERICA that is dominated with Muslims is FALLING TO THE GROUND. There will always be intellectually lacking people like you, but hopefully evolution will kill off the propaganda susceptible, bobble heads such as yourself.

      I can't believe that Hitler's elementary Propaganda still works on some intellectually lacking individuals. I mean i know that there are many paranoid and unintelligent individuals out there, but who knew that you things were THIS challenged.

      For your information, Hitler didn't like ANY strongly religious groups because he wanted to be viewed as GOD by the people. Secondly the Jewish were not only a very strongly religious group, they were also decently successful and intelligent on average, not an easy group to brainwash(unlike you who is clearly very low class). And just like any intelligent sane person, none of them would ever line up for his propaganda, even if the target was not them.

      He killed anyone who stood as a threat to him, but he often would just call them "jew" as a "reason". But in reality it was like killing a random person and calling them a "terrorist" or something, without giving proof of what they have done wrong.

      He spread the exact SAME propaganda against the Soviet Union calling ALL slavic people inferior, and sub-human, and evil. Funny thing is even though there were Nazi Criminals working on the inside of Soviet Union and killing rich and influential Soviet CITIZENS, while also robbing them(often using the "jewish" "reason" as an excuse. Soviets STILL Crushed nazi germany in DIRECT warfare. So who was "inferior"? Nazi bobble head criminals who hurt and tortured innocent women and children, while they were CRUSHED by the Soviet Army.

      Hitler demonized ANY group that stoop as a threat to him, and the fact that there are STILL some individuals who are brain washed to believe this kind of childish simple propaganda just makes me feel sick. And re-enforces the notion that there are SO many mentally unstable people in our societies. If I were you i'd go to a therapist... even though you probably can't afford one... then just go to a doctor and get some anti-psychotics prescribed.

      I mean there are FEMA camps ALL OVER the US, and what if a civil war breaks out, and what if the victims are all white, and below average intelligence individuals like you. What if they are demonized and ALL called as "terrorists" or some sort of a threat, when in reality they will just have one common link between them... the fascist leader just doesn't like them for(WHAT EVER REASON).

      So yeah how would YOU like that? Or is your brain so small that you're having a hard time imagining it if it played out negatively towards YOU. It's always easy to blame a group you have no association with, but what if the next group targeted is a group that YOU belong to...?

      Individuals cause crime not WHOLE groups of people, heck even actually religious SATANISTS are not ALL evil, many just play dress up, and "pray", but never would actually hurt anyone. Individuals cause crime, and INDIVIDUALS can be evil, only guilty cowards target WHOLE groups of people as "evil".

      So sad that "people" like you exist, because being THAT susceptible to propaganda makes YOU sub-human in my eyes. And i'm not religious, but if it came down to me HAVING to choose between the killing of a WHOLE group of people, OR those INDIVIDUALS who lack intelligence, and are susceptible to paranoia and other destructive patterns to our society and innocent civilians. Then i would chose INDIVIDUALS like you to get wiped out. Evolution should have done that, but for some reason empathy has lead us to keeping the intellectually lacking para#sites such as yourself. Who are willing to find any religious group as a blame target for your OWN failures in life.

  17. Philosophocles

    What do you mean by that @mickey?
    If you really look at history, the Soviet Union and USA adopted Hitlers policies after the war.
    Fluoride in water? research it.
    Mass propaganda for politicians. Hitlers idea.
    Secret police and military. (can anyone say KGB, FBI, CIA, Special Forces?) Once again Hitlers creation.
    Using a common albeit imaginary enemy to control the masses. (it was the Jews, then the commies, now ... terrorists?)
    So if you meant Hitler was right about creating a subdued society so he could have all the money and power possible, then you are correct.
    If you enjoy having your freedoms stripped away and having to present 'papers' to show you are not a terrorist. I suppose he was right there too.
    But if you value the freedom of choice as much as I do, then he and every 'super powered' government that followed was completely WRONG.
    But everyone, brainwashed or not, still has the freedom of choice. You can choose to continue to be brainwashed. You can choose to think I am a crackpot. You could even choose to attack my ideas. I choose to share my ideas. And I also choose to respect everyone else's freedom of choice. Something our current governments refuse to do.

    So the true question is not who was right, but WHO BENEFITED? and WHY? An old parable states "It's not appearances that count, but what's behind them."

  18. micky

    hitler was on the right lines......just went about it very wrong

    1. Guest

      oh yeah killing MILLIONS of people despite their background and religion(starting with the Jewish Group) was TOTALLY along the right "lines". Please he even called the JAPANESE criminal groups that worshiped him "honorary Aryans".

      HE wanted WORLD DOMINATION FOR HIMSELF. Not the whites, not the Germans, BUT HIMSELF. Just a typical sociopath narcissist. And he used every trick in the rule book to get people to believe him by demonizing groups that opposed his totalitarianism, and the people who were not easily brain washed, or scared by his tactics were KILLED. Taken from their homes accused of "crimes" or of being "evil jews", when in reality... they were just oppositions to HIS totalitarian control attempt.

      micky, i really hope that you get some therapy. Maybe go get an OFFICIAL IQ teat, or an assesment for personality/mental disorders. You'll be shocked with what you may find... ha no one else will be, but you may be. Probably some sort of a paranoia disorder AS well as SEVERE cognitive/logic reasoning issues. Good luck in life ! Cause we all know the weak mentally lacking such as yourself only thrive in war, and genocide, when you get to blame the innocent for the fact that you're behind in society, and unable to succeed through means of EQUAL opportunity. There will always be SLOW HORSES like you, but when those slow horses are also angry and bitter, they like to find reasons to attack the fast and beautiful horses. Don't worry though, with time evolution will do it's best to limit the slow horses such as yourself, no man made genocide/attempt at playing god, can compete with EVOLUTION. In evolution the strong minded survive,
      and the slow horse you ask? She/he gets left behind.

      Enjoy the ride slow horse.

    2. Sam Malloy

      oh yeah killing MILLIONS of people despite their background and religion(starting with the Jewish Group) was TOTALLY along the right "lines". Please he even called the JAPANESE criminal groups that worshiped him "honorary Aryans".

      HE wanted WORLD DOMINATION FOR HIMSELF. Not the whites, not the Germans, BUT HIMSELF. Just a typical sociopath narcissist. And he used every trick in the rule book to get people to believe him by demonizing groups that opposed his totalitarianism, and the people who were not easily brain washed, or scared by his tactics were KILLED. Taken from their homes accused of "crimes" or of being "evil jews", when in reality... they were just oppositions to HIS totalitarian control attempts.

      Micky, i really hope that you get some therapy. Maybe go get an OFFICIAL IQ teat, or an assessment for personality/mental disorders. You'll be shocked with what you may find... ha no one else will be, but you may be. Probably some sort of a paranoia disorder AS well as SEVERE cognitive/logic reasoning issues. Good luck in life ! Cause we all know the weak mentally lacking such as yourself only thrive in war, and genocide, when you get to blame the innocent for the fact that you're behind in society, and unable to succeed through means of EQUAL opportunity. There will always be SLOW HORSES like you, but when those slow horses are also angry and bitter, they like to find reasons to attack the fast and beautiful horses. Don't worry though, with time evolution will do it's best to limit the slow horses such as yourself, no man made genocide/attempt at playing god, can compete with EVOLUTION. In evolution the strong minded survive,

      and the slow horse you ask? She/he gets left behind.

      Enjoy the ride slow horse.

  19. Achems Razor

    This doc. was probably a synopsis of the 12 hour long "Hitlers Bodyguards"

    Just how much can you cram into 1 hour? to me this doc. is good enough, gives a general outline.

  20. Joe

    Kind of a childish presentation. The information itself is interesting, but that, however, has nothing to do with the film makers, they had access to documents that we're accessible beforehand.

    Too many "After checking, we concluded that Hitler was about here" (with only the "wet thumb in the air" gesture) kind of moments instead of showing the viewer how Hitler's position was calculated give the feeling of a movie that, with the right budget and access to the recently dis-classified documents, me and my 3 year old nephew could also make.

    Purely from a film making POV: Childish, lacking and "in the air", no pin-pointing whatsoever.

    1. Vlatko

      So to whom should we believe... Is it a childish or a good documentary? I think your review is little bit harsh @Joe.

  21. Achems Razor

    Good doc.

    Read and studied quite a lot about Hitler , Herman Goring, the third Reich. Gestapo, Storm troopers, Brown shirts, Enigma code etc:

  22. Stoke City

    lol yeah definitely. a good brief, indeed.

  23. Charles B.

    This was very informative. If you don't have 12 hours to watch "Hitler's Bodyguards" this is a nice brief.

  24. Stoke City

    I definitely recommend watching "Hitler's Bodyguards" instead. It's a 12 part series... so it's like this video only 12 hours long on the assassination attempts on his life.