Berlin. A total of 101 recruits will make their vows today, on the anniversary of the failed assassination attempt on July 20, 1944, at a solemn roll call in the Bendler Block.
The soldiers come from the guard battalion at the BMVg in Berlin, from logistics battalion 171 from Burg, from logistics battalion 172 from Beelitz and from the school for military police and staff service of the German armed forces in Hanover. Also this year, the appeal will take place in a reduced form due to the Covid19 pandemic.
Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will address the pledge. The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dr. Josef Schuster.
The soldiers are publicly vowed and swear to “serve the Federal Republic of Germany loyally and valiantly defend the rights and freedom of the German people”. The guard battalion at the Federal Ministry of Defense carries out the solemn pledge under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Kai Beinke. The music corps of the German Armed Forces, led by Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Scheibling, provides musical accompaniment to the pledge.
The event will be broadcast live by “phoenix” from 5 pm, and the Bundeswehr will also be reporting on its Twitter channel.
At the Plötzensee memorial, representatives from politics and society will commemorate the resistance against the Nazi regime with a wreath-laying ceremony. On July 20, 1944, Wehrmacht officers around Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg tried in vain to kill Hitler with a bomb and end the war. Stauffenberg and three co-conspirators were shot in the inner courtyard of the Bendlerblock on the evening of the attack, and many other participants and supporters were executed in the weeks and months that followed.