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How Hitler Was Almost Killed in 1931

Updated on August 12, 2012
Dec. 1931
Dec. 1931

One of the little known facts about Adolph Hitler, the man who became a 20th Century terrorist that conquered much of Europe from 1939-44, was that all this horror and Jewish holocaust could have been avoided, World War Two would have been avoided, had the near-miss actually been a deadly hit in 1931.

The near death experience would have caused the world to have an entirely different modern history, perhaps, there would have not been a Cold War in the post WW2 time from 1945-89. Just ponder that for a second.

It was in 1931, Hitler was much younger and still had not succeeded in whatever political ambitions he or the Nazi Party had. Yes, some were following him and crowds were growing as Hitler became a master of being an orator in gatherings and beer halls. Most of Germany still did not buy what Hitler was selling at this stage. He was still considered to be a fringe lunatic of the small Nazi party in Munich, Germany.

After one of the speeches, Hitler, preoccupied with his vision and goals, stepped onto a bust Munich street without looking both ways. Yes, you know where the story is going. Any pedestrian knows the rule about crossing any street. So, there is Hitler, whose future at this stage is unknown to anyone, preoccupied in thought, is suddenly knocked down by a fast moving Fiat, driven by of all nationalities, a English man, John Ellis, who obviously did not see Hitler attempting to cross. Hitler was bruised but unfortunately, not killed. Of course, had Hitler been killed, Mr. Ellis would have gone to jail most likely. A small price to pay with 20\20 vision today! Yet, Ellis stopped to the side and Ellis made sure Hitler was not hurt in a brief exchange of words. Hitler indicated so and waved Ellis on as in " I'm okay" maybe a few German expletives also followed under his breath. Hitler learned to look both ways.

Think about the history. It was 1931, it would at least five more years before Hitler became a real power and threat. Ellis, was still alive, living his life, but the encounter no doubt now really bothered him because it was a near miss event. A fluke, in which, lady luck was on Hitler's side. A single, simple, mundane, life event that Ellis and Hitler collided briefly. There was no question the Ellis was haunted in 1940-41 by this, this near-miss! Especially, as England was now under attack by Hitler's Germany.

The next planned attack to kill Hitler would not occur until 1944, where once again, lady luck was by Hitler's side.


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      perrya 5 years ago

      Had no idea, luck seemed to like Hitler.

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      swordsbane 5 years ago

      There's another story that, if you believe it was even more lucky and more tragic (depending on who you are) it is a story that was told by Hitler himself, so who knows it's accuracy, but in WWI, an english soldier had Hitler in his sights and for some reason didn't fire, either chose not to or his weapon malfunctioned. Had he been killed then, no one would have thought anything about it and Hitler would never have even appeared in history.

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      Angel Caleb Santos 5 years ago from Hampton Roads, Virginia

      Thanks for sharing. I, always, enjoy your articles. Well written.

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      Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

      Interesting stuff. My understanding is Hitler survived a lot of near fatal events. I think he thought he had some kind of special supernatural protection linked to his feeling that it was his fate to lead Germany. Can't remember the details on all that but I recall reading it in a biography about him, which I've been reading off and on (it's super thick). Great Hub, interesting subject.

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      perrya 5 years ago

      I guess it could apply to many stories or encounters with now very famous people. But, Hitler's early demise would have been ever changing in so many ways. So many lives would be altered today.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Amazing story of which I knew nothing about. Makes you wonder what would have happened in history if....Great hub and voted up.