Armed Forces History Museum: Death of the Tyrants – July 20, 1944 and Austria

Informationen aus Österreich (05/24/04)

On July 20, 2004 the Armed Forces History Museum (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum or HGM) in Vienna will open a special exhibition, the first one of this kind in Austria. The exhibit will run through to September 8 and will focus on the historic event of July 20, 1944 – the day of the assassination attempt of Adolf Hitler – and its relationship to Austria. After sixty years, the day on which Lieutenant Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg tried to kill Adolf Hitler and to bring to an end the atrocious rule of the Nazis will be commemorated. Hitler escaped with scratches because the briefcase containing the bomb was obstructed by a table which saved his life, while four officers died. In Austria, Stauffenberg’s confidante waited for the liberating signal from Berlin. But Stauffenberg and three of his friends were arrested and immediately hanged. The exhibit in the HGM illuminates by means of photos the effects of the event on Vienna surrounding the Hitler assassination attempt.