FRANKFURT, GERMANY - On July 20, 1944, in Nazi Germany, a group of senior Wehrmacht officers conspired to overthrow the regime and assassinate Adolf Hitler.
However, the plot's conspirators, among them Count Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, were caught before they could carry out the mission, and were later executed.
The unsuccessful but daring bid was reenacted in the film, "Operation Valkyrie," starring Tom Cruise.
In 2004, Schenk von Stauffenberg's wife, Countess Mathilde von Stauffenberg, met with Youth Aliyah officials in Germany. She offered to help establish a unique vocational education program for the organization's students enrolled at the Hadassah Youth Village near Netanya.
The program, which she fully funded, trains youth to be master auto mechanics servicing BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes vehicles.
The project began with twenty 12th grade students, who, in April 2010, successfully completed the course and received the coveted certificate. That success was followed by other collaborative educational projects.
The course includes preliminary training in Israel, and the funding and hosting of three delegations majoring in automotive mechanics, as guests of the Mayor of Frankfurt.
The students study at the city's automotive training college, and are tutored by the school's top lecturers.
"For our students, who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, the course and tour are an unusual and significant learning incentive," according to academy's director, Kobi Avital.Youth Village Voices Jewish Social Action News The wife of a Nazi officer who tried to assassinate Adolph Hitler nowadays helps Israeli youth learn auto repair - in GermanyThe wife of a Nazi officer who tried to assassinate Adolph Hitler nowadays helps Israeli youth learn auto repair - in GermanyJewish Social Action