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Reading through the collection of coincidences here it's clear that most are frivolous and trite, but it's only when a coincidence leads to something sinister and evil do they gain gravitas and when these coincidences happen they result in terrible consequences For example, Hitler was a very fortunate individual who was a habitual risk taker and escaped death on numerous occasions in WW1 as a ''trench runner/'message carrier'' ; so much so that he was awarded a number of medals, including the Iron Cross, First Class, that was very unusual for an enlisted man Even after the war in his rise in politics he was very fortunate indeed, such as during the Beer hall Putsch in Munich, November 1923, when he was shot at by German police and a comrade next to him was shot dead . He also took part in numerous street fights with communists around the country There were dozens of political parties in Weimar Germany and yet it was the Nazi Party that ended up on top in 1933 due to political opportunism and good fortune ; things didn't need to turn out that way Even after they had gained power Hitler was still in danger from assassination and none so much as in November 1939 on the very anniversary .of the ''Beer hall Putsch ''when he came to Munich to give a speech to old comrades but left 15 minutes earlier than scheduled and avoided certain death when a bomb exploded on the speakers platform that had been hidden there by the heroic George Elser Yes 15 minutes saved Hitler's life and if he had been killed then it's possible that the Holocaust may never have happened ; sure there would still be persecution of the Jews but likely not to the demonic , industrial scale that later happened ..a Nazi party led by Goebbles, Goring or even Rosenberg may never have came up with the ''Final Solution'' So you see ? Coincidences can have truly evil and apocalyptic consequences
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Date submitted:Sun, 05 Dec 2021 09:22:43 +0000Coincidence ID:12008