By Rochus Misch
After being heavily wounded within the 1939 Polish crusade, Rochus Misch was once invited to hitch Hitler's SS-bodyguard. There he served till the war’s finish as Hitler’s bodyguard, courier, orderly and at last as leader of Communications.
On the Berghof terrace he watched Eva Braun set up events; saw Heinrich Himmler and Albert Speer; and monitored cellphone conversations from Berlin to the East Prussian FHQ on 20 July 1944 after the test on Hitler's existence. in the direction of the top Misch used to be drawn into the Führerbunker with the final of the ‘faithful’. As defeat approached, he remained in command of the bunker switchboard as his responsibility required, even after Hitler devoted suicide.
Misch knew Hitler because the inner most guy and his place used to be certainly one of unconditional loyalty. His memoirs supply an intimate view of lifestyles in shut attendance to Hitler and of the unending hours deep contained in the bunker; and supply new insights into army occasions reminiscent of Hitler’s preliminary emotions that the sixth military may still pull out of Stalingrad. presently earlier than he died Misch wrote a brand new creation for this first-ever English-language variation. The ebook additionally includes a foreword by means of the Jewish writer Ralph Giordano and a brand new creation by way of Roger Moorhouse.
Rochus Misch's memoir is a completely readable, informative and regularly attention-grabbing insider's account of assorted occasions in the course of and elements of a momentous interval of heritage, by way of a guy who – with a truly few others – was once privileged to witness a lot that was once ancient, cataclysmic, occasionally weird and wonderful, and at last nihilistic, yet whose rank and place intended that he regularly lacked the chance, entry or own wish to impression that which he heard or observed.
David J.A. Stone, British army historian, writer and previous soldier
The lengthy awaited reminiscences of a guy obvious on overseas tv for over a decade concerning his eyewitness testimony of all issues within the final days of the Nazi Regime. And it used to be worth it too, as this fantastic you're there paintings places the reader correct within the heart of occasions simply as they transpired.
‘[Misch’s] memoir is filled with info, asides and digressions, which permit the reader an extraordinary and engaging perception into the 3rd Reich’s internal sanctum . . . Misch overheard conversations, watched the comings and goings and used to be a prepared observer of occasions . . . He used to be as with regards to being a ‘fly at the wall’ as one can get.’
Roger Moorhouse, writer Berlin at War
‘ . . . convincing first-person testimony (of) the dictator’s ultimate determined months, days and hours.’
‘The memoirs of Hitler’s bodyguard and unquestioning servant who used to be one of many final humans to work out him alive.’
Misch, who used to be Hitler's bodyguard, courier, orderly, and telephonist, bargains a memoir of his stories within the 3rd Reich. He labored in Hitler's loved ones, used to be in his bunker and witnessed his suicide, was once held prisoner for 9 years in Russia after the conflict, labored in camps there, and at last lower back to Germany.
‘Misch glorifies not anything, criticizes not anything and justifies not anything, no longer even himself. He has a pointy eye for element, which regardless of the passage of the years he depicts in a reputable manner.’
‘An insignificant guy, who skilled major events.’
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
"...rapid, riveting learn, the 254 pages of Hitler's final Witness fly through. ...Rochus Misch thought of Hitler a "normal, uncomplicated guy, the best guy I ever knew" and "extremely unpretentious". He enjoyed young children and animals. yet he plunged the realm into distress, chaos and holocaust. do not forget that as you learn Misch's admittedly mesmerizing account. And use it as one step to deeper learn of Nazi Germany's infamous Führer."
Misch’s autobiography presents perception on Hitler “behind closed doors.” whereas it is a provocative but demanding account, it really is an incredible addition to the historiography of the final days of the 3rd Reich.
International Bibliography of army background 35, no. 2 (2015)
... a desirable examine Hitler’s existence from an insider’s standpoint. although WWII finishing virtually 70 years in the past, new details continues to be cropping up, creating a examine of this period really attention-grabbing. the writer supplies us intimate info of Hitler’s existence – either own undefined. He even delves into Hitlers character and quirks... us a glimpse into the final days of Hitler’s existence from an insider’s standpoint because the Russian military bears down on Berlin. It used to be certainly a an excellent read!
".. the translated model of the unique manuscript, the English language group additional a wealth of footnotes and motives, indicating that they had long gone to extremes that allows you to coordinate the author’s claims with real old truth, and ― right here and there ― a few proof that couldn’t be confirmed in each minute element; and information are in every single place in Misch’s account. For person who was once now not a student, and who was once in no place to make notes, his reminiscence is striking. If I had the distance listed here, i'll simply dissipate 2,000 phrases in explaining why i locate the writer and his tale to be of maximum credibility; extra actual than the paintings of a number of extra recognized or even “storied” ancient writers whose books line numerous cabinets in my huge WWII library...an illuminating perception into Adolph Hitler’s final days within the claustrophobic underground Berlin Bunker the place the 3rd Reich got here to an end.
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Extra resources for Hitler's Last Witness: The Memoirs of Hitler's Bodyguard
On my first day on the Berghof, i used to be just a little placed out to have a couple of leather-based shorts pressed into my fingers. it appears, i used to be obliged to put on them if Hitler seemed for a ramble equally dressed. i used to be very thankful that he by no means wore leather-based shorts in the course of wartime, and so the time by no means got here while I needed to prove during this conventional Austrian garb. In solid climate Blondi, Hitler’s Alsatian whinge, could accompany her grasp, yet simply at the leash, as the nation-state surrounding the Berghof was once a paradise for wild animals. Blondi, incidentally, were an concept originating from in the SS bodyguard. prior to Blondi, Hitler had had a nearly black sheepdog known as Muck. whilst this puppy died, Hitler didn't get a alternative till the previous Campaigners within the bodyguard made up our minds that he needed to have one other. The previous puppy had continually had a favorable impression on Hitler, delivering him with diversion and cheering him up. An RSD guy had heard that the Alsatian complain of Gerdy Troost, architect and spouse of Speer’s predecessor Paul Ludwig Troost, had had pups, in Munich.  the feminine dog from this brood, Blondi, so-named for her very gentle coat, was once hence visually the other of Muck. Hitler didn't like merely Alsatians. at some point, the small puppy owned by means of the prepare dinner Helene Marie (‘Marlene’) von Exner ran throughout his direction. She had obtained it as a present from her former company, the Romanian president Ion Antonescu.  Hitler kneeled beside the puppy and acknowledged: ‘Where have you ever come from, you little rascal? ’ He then performed with the pleased little animal. Eva additionally enjoyed canine. She had Scotch terriers referred to as Negus and Stasi. They have been regularly round, yapping. The Tea apartment used to be outfitted on a small rocky plateau, which supplied a wonderful view over the valley. espresso used to be ready there within the tiny kitchen for site visitors and a hearth will be lit within the fire in wintry weather. Hitler by no means drank whatever yet apple or caraway tea. Indulging his ardour for tarts and pastry, he by no means wanted a espresso holiday; he nibbled all day lengthy on pastries and goodies. After stuffing himself complete, he could occasionally go to sleep in his chair, yet on days while many site visitors arrived he could constantly be on most sensible shape, in excessive spirits and talkative. For the SS bodyguard there has been a different responsibility room on the Tea condo. within the past due evenings, the cinema express may start, offered via Erich Stein or his colleague Ellerbeck. Hitler used to be an excellent movie fan. frequently he may sit down gazing one movie after one other. Stein needed to organise a relentless provide from the Propaganda Ministry or the Reich movie archive. commonly they have been US productions. Stein used to be additionally accountable for delivering the movies Hitler watched within the song room on the Reich Chancellery. I watched those movies from the point of view of Stein or Ellerbeck extra out of boredom than whatever. because the presentation happened within the huge corridor on the Berghof, the SS bodyguard made up the viewing public. The projector was once close to the exterior staircase, and that i frequently sat at the steps. Hitler enjoyed Charlie Chaplin movies.