By Rochus Misch
After being heavily wounded within the 1939 Polish crusade, Rochus Misch used to be invited to hitch Hitler's SS-bodyguard. There he served until eventually 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 arrange events; saw Heinrich Himmler and Albert Speer; and monitored phone conversations from Berlin to the East Prussian FHQ on 20 July 1944 after the test on Hitler's existence. in the direction of the tip Misch was once drawn into the Führerbunker with the final of the ‘faithful’. As defeat approached, he remained accountable for the bunker switchboard as his accountability required, even after Hitler devoted suicide.
Misch knew Hitler because the inner most guy and his place was once one in all unconditional loyalty. His memoirs provide an intimate view of existence in shut attendance to Hitler and of the unending hours deep contained in the bunker; and supply new insights into army occasions corresponding to Hitler’s preliminary emotions that the sixth military should still pull out of Stalingrad. presently earlier than he died Misch wrote a brand new advent for this first-ever English-language variation. The publication additionally features a foreword via the Jewish writer Ralph Giordano and a brand new creation via Roger Moorhouse.
Rochus Misch's memoir is a completely readable, informative and regularly interesting insider's account of assorted occasions in the course of and features of a momentous interval of background, through a guy who – with a really few others – used to be privileged to witness a lot that was once old, cataclysmic, occasionally extraordinary, and at last nihilistic, yet whose rank and place intended that he continuously lacked the chance, entry or own wish to impact that which he heard or observed.
David J.A. Stone, British army historian, writer and previous soldier
The lengthy awaited memories of a guy obvious on foreign tv for over a decade relating to his eyewitness testimony of all issues within the final days of the Nazi Regime. And it used to be really worth it too, as this superb you're there paintings places the reader correct within the heart of occasions simply as they transpired.
‘[Misch’s] memoir is stuffed with information, asides and digressions, which permit the reader a unprecedented and interesting perception into the 3rd Reich’s internal sanctum . . . Misch overheard conversations, watched the comings and goings and used to be a willing observer of occasions . . . He used to be as on the subject of being a ‘fly at the wall’ as you'll be able to 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 was once one of many final humans to work out him alive.’
Misch, who used to be Hitler's bodyguard, courier, orderly, and telephonist, deals a memoir of his studies within the 3rd Reich. He labored in Hitler's loved ones, was once 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 back to Germany.
‘Misch glorifies not anything, criticizes not anything and justifies not anything, now not 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 by way of. ...Rochus Misch thought of Hitler a "normal, uncomplicated guy, the best guy I ever knew" and "extremely unpretentious". He enjoyed kids and animals. yet he plunged the realm into distress, chaos and holocaust. do not forget that as you learn Misch's admittedly spell binding account. And use it as one step to deeper learn of Nazi Germany's infamous Führer."
Misch’s autobiography offers perception on Hitler “behind closed doors.” whereas this can be a provocative but tense account, it really is a huge 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 lifestyles from an insider’s standpoint. even if WWII finishing nearly 70 years in the past, new info continues to be cropping up, creating a research of this period really interesting. the writer provides us intimate information of Hitler’s lifestyles – either own undefined. He even delves into Hitlers character and quirks... us a glimpse into the final days of Hitler’s lifestyles from an insider’s perspective because the Russian military bears down on Berlin. It was once certainly a an exceptional read!
".. the translated model of the unique manuscript, the English language crew further a wealth of footnotes and factors, indicating that they had long past to extremes with a purpose to coordinate the author’s claims with genuine old truth, and ― the following and there ― a few evidence that couldn’t be proven in each minute aspect; and info are all over the place in Misch’s account. For one that used to be now not a pupil, and who was once in no place to make notes, his reminiscence is notable. If I had the distance listed here, i may simply burn up 2,000 phrases in explaining why i locate the writer and his tale to be of utmost credibility; extra actual than the paintings of a bunch of extra well-known or even “storied” ancient writers whose books line numerous cabinets in my large 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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Bernadotte, Graf von Wisborg (1895–1948) Nephew of Swedish King Gustav V; Swedish cavalry officer; 1943–8 vice-president and later president Swedish purple move; February 1945 negotiated with Himmler for free up of Scandinavian focus camp inmates (Operation Weisse Busse); 1948 UN mediator in Palestine; 17 September 1948 murdered in Jerusalem by way of militant leaders of Jewish terrorist staff. Blaschke, Hugo Johannes (1881–1959) 1908–11 studied dentistry in Philadelphia, united states and London (mandible surgery); 1914–18 army dentist in Frankfurt/Oder and Berlin; 1919–45 personal perform at Kurfürstendamm 213, Berlin; 1930 handled Hermann Göring; 1933 joined NSDAP, touch with Hitler; organize dental surgical procedure within the Reich Chancellery to regard nationwide Socialist leaders; 1 might 1935 joined SS; 31 August 1943 nominated senior dental healthcare professional to employees, Reichsführer-SS; nine November 1944 brigadier of Waffen-SS and medical professional for the SS; outfitted dental surgical procedures at Dachau, Oranienburg and Buchenwald, yet Blaschke had no wisdom of ‘grievances’ there; June 1946 to December 1948 detained; accordingly dental health care provider at Nuremberg. Bormann, Albert (1902–1989) more youthful brother of Martin Bormann; banking specialist; 1927 entered NSDAP and SA (Sturmabteilung); 1929–31 Hitler early life Gau chief, Thuringia; 1931 energetic in Hitler’s inner most Chancellery; 1933 head of non-public Chancellery, which from 1934 was once categorized as significant workplace 1 of the Chancellery of the Führer of the NSDAP; 1934 Hitler’s own adjutant; 1938 member of the Reichstag as deputy, Berlin-West; 21 April 1945 fled from Reich Chancellery to Obersalzberg; 1945–9 lived less than fake identify as agricultural employee; 1949 surrendered himself; brief interval of internment. Bormann, Martin (1900–1945) Farmer; 1924 entered NSDAP; 1933 nominated NSDAP Reichsleiter, Reichstag deputy; 1933–41 employees supervisor within the place of work of Führer’s deputy (Rudolf Hess); after Hess flew to Britain in 1941, on 12 might 1941 Hitler made Bormann leader of the get together Chancellery with the authority of a Reich minister; trustee of Hitler’s deepest fortune and organisational chief for the development of the Berghof (extorted land from the landlord with hazard ‘sell up or focus camp’); 12 April 1943 nominated because the Führer’s secretary; 29 April 1945 witness on the marriage of Hitler and Eva Braun within the Führerbunker; 2 may possibly 1945 suicide after escaping from Reich Chancellery (identified through DNA, 1998). Bormann used to be named as one of many twenty-four humans at Nuremberg as a vital warfare legal. On 1 October 1946, he was once declared in charge in his absence and sentenced to loss of life. Bornholdt, Hermann (1908–1976) Farmer; 1929 entered NSDAP; 1933 member of SS-Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler’ (LSSAH), SS-Hauptsturmführer (= military rank of captain). Brandt, Karl (1904–1948) healthcare professional; significant basic, Waffen-SS; 1932 entered NSDAP; 1933 entered SA; 1933 handled Hitler’s senior adjutant Wilhelm Brückner; from 14 June 1933 Hitler’s own health care provider; 28 July 1942 commissioner-general for drugs and well-being; five September 1943 head of all clinical provide and care corporations, and coordinator of clinical study (initiator and partner in experiments on humans); finish of warfare arrested by means of Allied forces at Flensburg; from nine December 1946 to twenty August 1947 attempted at Nuremberg (trials of scientific personnel); sentenced to demise; 2 June 1948 done at Landsberg.