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How Hitler Was Almost Killed in 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.