The day Hitler survived an assassination attempt – level 1

20-07-1944

It is summer 1944. The German army is not very strong. Some people in Germany understand that the war is lost. They want to end the war. Hitler doesn’t want to end the war.

The people who want to end the war decide to kill Hitler. Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg is one of these people. He is 37 years old. He is in the army. He works for Hitler. He goes to meetings with Hitler.

It is July 20, 1944. Stauffenberg puts a bomb into his briefcase. He takes the briefcase to the meeting with Hitler. At the meeting, he puts the briefcase under the table near Hitler. Then, he leaves the room.

When he leaves the room, one man pushes the briefcase behind a heavy table leg. Then an explosion comes. The explosion is very big.

Stauffenberg thinks that everybody in the room is dead. Only 4 people die. Hitler isn’t one of them. Hitler survives because the heavy table leg protects him from the explosion.

Difficult words: decide (to make a decision), briefcase (a bag for businessmen), behind (after), survive (to continue to live after an accident).

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