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Henning Von Tresckow: A Christian Motive For Killing Hitler?

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Henning von Tresckow committed suicide after he had been told that the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler on July 20th, 1944, had failed. In spite of his enthusiasm for National Socialism at the beginning and his successful career in the Armed Forces, Tresckow did not ignore the shady sides of Hitlers regime. In the few reported declarations of Tresckow himself about the motivations of his resistance, references to Christianity are strikingly scarce. Philipp von Boeselager who wrote about Tresckow from a distance of 45 years says: Christianity was a matter of course.In the end, his Christian conscience forced him to prepare the assassination attempt on Hitler. It is not for subsequent generations to judge Tresckows belief in God. It would be inappropriate as well to doubt his achievements in the resistance, but we have to doubt if the main motivation of his resistance was a Christian one.

Keywords: Adolf Hitler; Christian motivation; German historians; Henning von Tresckow; national socialism; resistance movement

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