Operation Valkyrie: Background information when reading The Women in the Castle

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The Women in the Castle

by Jessica Shattuck

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    Mar 2017, 368 pages
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    Jan 2018, 368 pages

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Operation Valkyrie

The events of The Women in the Castle are set off by a failed attempt at assassinating Adolf Hitler conducted by the husbands of the main characters and their fellow resisters. This is based on the real-life July Plot, also known as Operation Valkyrie.

Colonel Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg The plan was organized and executed in 1944 by high-ranking German military officials who disapproved of Hitler's leadership and hoped to bring about a quick end to World War II. The strategy called for detonating two bombs inside a steel bunker where Hitler would be conducting a meeting with about 20 German officers. The bomb would be planted by Colonel Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, chief of staff of the reserve army. Once Hitler was dead, the reserves would rise up against the Nazis.

The first problem was a change in venue from the steel bunker to a well-ventilated hut that would make the blast much less likely to be deadly. Then, Stauffenberg was only able to arm and place one of the bombs inside the room. He placed the ...

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