Germany marks anniversary of attempt on Hitler

AP News
Posted: Jul 20, 2011 10:11 AM
Germany marks anniversary of attempt on Hitler

Germany is holding ceremonies around the country to mark the anniversary of the failed 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

The speaker of Germany's parliament placed a wreath Wednesday at the Defense Ministry, where plot leader Col. Claus Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg and three others were executed shortly after their July 20 plan to kill Hitler with a briefcase bomb failed.

Later, German President Christian Wulff was to preside over the swearing-in of 470 new German army recruits outside the Reichstag parliament building.

It's the first crop of new soldiers since Germany did away with conscription and went to an all-volunteer military earlier this year.