The biography titled The Lone Assassin: The Epic True Story of the Man Who Almost Killed Hitler is thoughtful, understated, and meticulously detailed. The tone of this book matches its subject perfectly. Georg Elser is a introspective and uninvolved in politics. He is the classic private citizen. But once Elser comes to understand who Hitler is and what he represents for the future of Germany, Elser begins a silent crusade. He builds and explodes a bomb that the Fuhrer escapes by departing early from the bomb site. Had Elser succeeded he would have killed Hitler in his early career. Benjamin Ross translates author Helmut Ortner. Narrator Traber Burns nimbly picks out the careful details.
One man had a single goal…to eliminate Hitler from the face of the Earth.
Living as a carpenter who had spent time working in a watch factory, Georg Elser was just an ordinary member of society living in Munich. That is, however, until he took it upon himself to attempt to assassinate the Fhrer, Adolph Hitler. Being a common man who opposed the Nazi regime, Elser took the skills from his craft and worked to assemble his own bomb detonator. Every night, he snuck out to the Munich Beer Hall, where he worked on assembling the bomb that he planned to use to kill Hitler.
Hidden in a hollowed-out space near the speaker’s podium, Elser’s bomb went off successfully, killing eight people. Hitler was not one of them.
This is the story, scene by scene, of the events that led up to Georg Elser taking justice into his own hands, his attempt to murder the Fuhrer, and what happened after the bomb went off. The Lone Assassin is a powerfully gripping tale that places the listener in the dark days of Munich in 1939, following Elser from the Munich Beer Hall, across the border, and sadly, to the concentration camp where his heroic life ended.
©1993, 2012 Helmut Ortner. Originally Published in Germany in 1993. English Translation Copyright 2012 by Ross Benjamin (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
“Perhaps as thorough a study of the people involved and significance of the events as can be constructed.” (Publishers Weekly)
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