Operation Valkyrie: The German Army's Assassination Plot Against Hitler with Dr. Finn Ballard

Operation Valkyrie: The German Army's Assassination Plot Against Hitler with Dr. Finn Ballard


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On July 20th, 1944, a decorated soldier in the Wehrmacht (German Army), Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, slid a bomb under Hitler's place at the vast conference table in the 'Wolf's Lair,' the Fuehrer's remote hideout in Poland (pictured at left). 
Making his excuses, Stauffenberg left the building moments later, lept into his car, and sped away, feeling the shockwaves of the detonation as he did. Stauffenberg made his way back to Berlin posthaste as soldiers prepared to enact the meticulously planned "Operation Valkyrie" – a Wehrmacht coup to depose the remaining Nazi leaders and to make peace with the Western Allies. 
There was just one rather large flaw in the plan. Hitler had been injured and deafened but remained alive after the bombing. By midnight, Stauffenberg and his chief co-conspirators would be executed in Berlin. And within weeks of the attempt on Hitler's life, 7,000 more people would be taken prisoner, of whom almost 5,000 would be killed. 
During this interactive seminar, we will examine the Stauffenberg plot in the context of other manifestations of military resistance, look at exactly what went wrong on that most fateful summer's evening, and speculate on what might have happened, had the plot succeeded.  
Led by an expert on the history of the Third Reich, Dr. Finn Ballard, this Conversation will also illuminate the real story behind the 2008 movie 'Valkyrie.' Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the lesser-known topic of resistance to Hitler from within the German armed forces.

For further learning on World War II history, we invite you to explore Beyond 'Valkyrie': The Other Assassination Plots against Hitler with Dr. Finn Ballard.

Finn grew up in Northern Ireland before moving to England to study and later teach in the department of Film and Literature at the University of Warwick. He completed his doctoral study on German folklore and popular cinema in 2012, and has published extensively in the fields of Film Studies and Gender Studies. Since 2008, he has been living and guiding in Berlin. He now works as a historical advisor for television and film productions set in Berlin, particularly during the Weimar era or Third Reich. He is a journalist for the 'Siegessauele', Europe's foremost Queer magazine, and organises events at Berlin's English-language bookstore 'Another Country'.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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h.s. (Philadelphia, US)

Fabulous. Will listen to it again through recording.

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V.G. (Brantford, CA)
Operation Valkyrie

This was such an interesting talk. Dr. Ballard has all kinds of information and presents it so well. It made me want to learn more about the plots against Hitler.

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R.D. (New York, US)

Another fascinating talk with Finn Ballard. I try not to miss any of them. It's not just the depth of his knowledge but the way he presents the material and makes you want to learn about Nazis, of all things- it's just amazing. Take any of his classes - you won't be disappointed.

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R.D. (New York, US)
Operation Valkyrie with Finn Ballard

Another fascinating talk with Finn Ballard. I try not to miss any of them. It's not just the depth of his knowledge but the way he presents the material and makes you want to learn about Nazis, of all things- it's just amazing. Take any of his classes - you won't be disappointed.

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K.E. (Ehningen, DE)
Operation Valkyrie: The German Army's Assassination Plot Against Hitler

Dr. Ballard provided a comprehensively fascinating and infinitely riveting overview of significant figures and prior events which led to the, unfortunately, unsuccessful attempt to eliminate Hitler through Operation Valkyrie. It was impossible not to draw parallels between Hitler's totalitarianism and certain modern-day political events and to feel a sense of anxiety as to the future!

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
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h
h.s. (Philadelphia, US)

Fabulous. Will listen to it again through recording.

V
V.G. (Brantford, CA)
Operation Valkyrie

This was such an interesting talk. Dr. Ballard has all kinds of information and presents it so well. It made me want to learn more about the plots against Hitler.

R
R.D. (New York, US)

Another fascinating talk with Finn Ballard. I try not to miss any of them. It's not just the depth of his knowledge but the way he presents the material and makes you want to learn about Nazis, of all things- it's just amazing. Take any of his classes - you won't be disappointed.

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R.D. (New York, US)
Operation Valkyrie with Finn Ballard

Another fascinating talk with Finn Ballard. I try not to miss any of them. It's not just the depth of his knowledge but the way he presents the material and makes you want to learn about Nazis, of all things- it's just amazing. Take any of his classes - you won't be disappointed.

K
K.E. (Ehningen, DE)
Operation Valkyrie: The German Army's Assassination Plot Against Hitler

Dr. Ballard provided a comprehensively fascinating and infinitely riveting overview of significant figures and prior events which led to the, unfortunately, unsuccessful attempt to eliminate Hitler through Operation Valkyrie. It was impossible not to draw parallels between Hitler's totalitarianism and certain modern-day political events and to feel a sense of anxiety as to the future!