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Old July 13th, 2018, 09:28 PM   #1

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How easy would it have been to kill Hitler in the 1920s?


How easy would it have been to kill Hitler in the 1920s?

I've fantasized about this scenario a lot, but I don't know just how easy it would have been for a random stranger to do this in the 1920s. I mean, I would expect that it would have been extremely easy to do this before the start of World War I--when Hitler was an unknown has-been--but what about in the 1920s? Did killing Hitler become harder by then?

Any thoughts on this?
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Old July 13th, 2018, 09:37 PM   #2

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It would still have been fairly easy in the 1920s, especially given the violence that was erupting between political factions of the left and right at the time. The question is, what would the effect have been? I believe WWII would still have occurred but under different leadership.
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Old July 14th, 2018, 12:56 AM   #3
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He was arrested and put on trial in 1923 for the Beerhall Putsch. He was found guilty but only served a year. With the trial, he attracted worldwide attention and probably was most at risk for assassination during the 20s. After he was released in 1925 he was largely forgotten outside Bavaria. In the 1930 elections he surged into the limelight as the NSDAP became a major party.

When he was largely unknown or forgotten, he would have been easy to to kill but probably considered not worth it. When he enjoyed more attention he might have been harder to kill, but he presented himself to large crowds. I'm not sure just how good his security really was. Maybe he was just lucky.

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He had a bodyguard.

But then its easiest when he's in jail. Just make it look like a suicide, when in reality he got strangled and not hung himself...
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He had a bodyguard.
At all times?

Also, if you don't mind me asking, what is your source for this?

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But then its easiest when he's in jail. Just make it look like a suicide, when in reality he got strangled and not hung himself...
You'd need to be alone with him long enough to successfully strangle him, though. Indeed, shooting him would be easier. However, would you actually be allowed to bring a gun into the jail that Hitler was being held at?
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Old July 14th, 2018, 09:49 AM   #6

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Didn't Hitler consider suicide after his coup failed but before he was captured?
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Didn't Hitler consider suicide after his coup failed but before he was captured?
I don't know, but I believed that I've heard in some documentary that Hitler considered committing suicide when he was in jail after his failed coup attempt.
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He did constant planned speaking engagements, go to one of them, rig a bomb, stage in crowd with hidden pistol or SMG, hide with rifle, etc. Get him before the SS bodyguards were created in '25. If assassin cannot do it till SS is created it makes things harder but not impossible. Once actual decision is made, and acceptance of death during attempt, assassain has decent likelihood of success. Hardest thing is knowing where he'll be.
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He did constant planned speaking engagements, go to one of them, rig a bomb, stage in crowd with hidden pistol or SMG, hide with rifle, etc.
I don't know how to rig a bomb, though.

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Get him before the SS bodyguards were created in '25.
What's your source for the bodyguards?

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If assassin cannot do it till SS is created it makes things harder but not impossible. Once actual decision is made, and acceptance of death during attempt, assassain has decent likelihood of success. Hardest thing is knowing where he'll be.
What if one doesn't want to die for this, though?
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How easy would it have been to kill Hitler in the 1920s?

I've fantasized about this scenario a lot, but I don't know just how easy it would have been for a random stranger to do this in the 1920s. I mean, I would expect that it would have been extremely easy to do this before the start of World War I--when Hitler was an unknown has-been--but what about in the 1920s? Did killing Hitler become harder by then?

Any thoughts on this?

Very easy.


Walk up to him and shoot him.
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