Germany honors officers who tried to kill Hitler

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German President Joachim Gauck, right, attends a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler at the courtyard of the Bendler Block, a part of the German Defense Ministry, in Berlin, Sunday, July 20, 2014. On July 20 Germany honors Colonel Claus Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg and other high-ranking aristocratic soldiers, executed in Berlin after Hitler survived the July 20, 1944 assassination attempt. Stauffenberg and other officers were executed in the courtyard of the Bendler Block, the former Nazi army headquarters in Berlin. Scores of others were executed in Berlin's Ploetzensee prison. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Sunday honored a group of Nazi-era officers who tried to kill Adolf Hitler 70 years ago. The plot — portrayed in films such as the 2008 Hollywood movie “Valkyrie” — helped establish a principle under which German soldiers today are encouraged to defy orders if they would result in a crime or violate human dignity.


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