Today, many people complain about how it seems we keep committing the same mistakes we have in the past. Examples of this are demonstrated in the current elections and other related topics. If we as humans strive to learn about what we have attempted to do in the past such as the attempted assassination of Hitler, we can correct our mistakes and improve our future.
On July 20, 1944, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg attempted to assassinate German dictator Adolf Hitler. Stauffenberg's plan was to place a bomb close to Hitler during a meeting, then escape before it exploded. The plot would have succeeded if not for a senior official moving Stauffenberg's briefcase behind a table leg just before the blast, an event which would not have occurred if Stauffenberg had stayed to ensure the bomb would detonate with Hitler still near it.
Stauffenberg could have altered the flow of history if not for valuing the safety of his own life more highly than the taking of Hitler's life. The lesson we can learn from this is that to change the world in times of desperate need, willingness to make a true sacrifice may be necessary.
Learning about history is important because we can learn from it. Specifically attempted assassinations on Hitler teach us what we need to do to stop a new dictator and we can learn how and why those attempts did not work, so as to come up with new solutions that can solve those problems.
Yes, history can teach us a lot of valuable things including what to do going forward. When we study controversial events like the attempted assassination of Hitler and really dissect them, including what led up to them, then we'll gain a far richer understanding of what works and what doesn't. We'll also better understand the long-term ramifications of doing something, or not doing it.