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    RECALLING THE DAYS OF HITLER'S GERMANY, DR. GUSTAV HEINEMANN, NEW PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC?

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    RECALLING THE DAYS OF HITLER'S GERMANY, DR. GUSTAV HEINEMANN, NEW PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND A MEMBER OF THE PROTESTANT CHURCH'S RESISTANCE MOVEMENT AGAINST HITLER, SAID ON SATURDAY (19 JULY) THAT 'SUCH DISASTER MUST NOT RECUR'. HE WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY AT PLOETZENEE PRISON, WEST BERLIN, COMMEMORATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JULY 1944 ABORTIVE BOMB PLOT AGAINST HITLER, AFTER WHICH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AND EXECUTED.

    MORE THAN 7,000 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AND 4,500 EXECUTED, MOST OF THEM BY BEING SUSPENDED FROM MEAT HOOKS AT PLOETZENEE PRISON, IN CONNECTION WITH THE 'GENERAL PLOT', AS IT WAS KNOWN.

    THE BOMB ATTEMPT AGAINST HITLER, CARRIED OUT AT HIS 'WOLF'S LAIR' HEADQUARTERS IN EAST PRUSSIA, WAS AIMED AT ESTABLISHING A NEW GERMAN GOVERNMENT AND NEGOTIATING A CEASEFIRE WITH THE ALLIES. BUT HITLER ESCAPED WITH MINOR INJURIES WHEN THE BOMB EXPLODED AGAINST A TABLE LEG, AND THE MAN WHO HAD PLACED IT, COLONEL CLAUS SCHENK, COUNT OF STAUFFENBERG, WAS EXECUTED ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER OFFICERS AND GENERALS.

    AT THE CEREMONY DR HEINEMANN SAID HITLER'S GERMANY HAD NOT BEEN AN ACCIDENT. HE ADDED THAT A VIOLENT NATIONALISM HAD REARED IN GERMANY SINCE THE FRANCE-PRUSSIAN WAR OF 1870 WHICH HAD AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND ITS FURY IN TWO SUBSEQUENT WORLD WARS. HE WENT ON:
    THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF GERMANY ALSO MARKED THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE "GENERAL'S PLOT" WITH VARIOUS CEREMONIES ON SATURDAY (JULY 19).

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    Film ID:
    VLVACQGQV146XBB6QC0SE4VKAVV1Q
    Media URN:
    VLVACQGQV146XBB6QC0SE4VKAVV1Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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