Downfall: Shocked by Treason
  • History → World War II → Adolf Hitler
  • History → World War II → Himmler's Betrayal

While at dinner, Hitler appoints General von Greim the roles of Commander in Chief of the Air Force and General Field Marshal. During a rant about compassion being for the weak, Hitler discovers that Himmler has made an offer to surrender to the western powers and experiences both disappointment and rage. He orders Himmler's arrest and outlines his plan to defeat the Allies.

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  1. Why does Hitler criticize compassion?
  2. What was broadcast on English radio?
  3. Why is Hitler so surprised by this news?

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