Hitler s Last Witness

Author: Rochus Misch
Publisher: Frontline Books
ISBN: 9781848327498
Release Date: 2014-08-30
Genre: History

After being seriously wounded in the 1939 Polish campaign, Rochus Misch was invited to join Hitler's SS-bodyguard. There he served until the war's end as Hitler's bodyguard, courier, orderly and finally as Chief of Communications. On the Berghof terrace he watched Eva Braun organize parties; observed Heinrich Himmler and Albert Speer; and monitored telephone conversations from Berlin to the East Prussian FHQ on 20 July 1944 after the attempt on Hitler's life. Towards the end Misch was drawn into the FÙhrerbunker with the last of the 'faithful'. As defeat approached, he remained in charge of the bunker switchboard as his duty required, even after Hitler committed suicide. Misch knew Hitler as the private man and his position was one of unconditional loyalty. His memoirs offer an intimate view of life in close attendance to Hitler and of the endless hours deep inside the bunker; and provide new insights into military events such as Hitler's initial feelings that the 6th Army should pull out of Stalingrad. Shortly before he died Misch wrote a new introduction for this first-ever English-language edition. The book also contains new introduction by Roger Moorhouse.

Hitler s Last Witness

Author: Rochus Misch
Publisher: Frontline Books
ISBN: 9781473836082
Release Date: 2014-08-30
Genre: History

After being seriously wounded in the 1939 Polish campaign, Rochus Misch was invited to join Hitler's SS-bodyguard. There he served until the war's end as Hitler's bodyguard, courier, orderly and finally as Chief of Communications. On the Berghof terrace he watched Eva Braun organize parties; observed Heinrich Himmler and Albert Speer; and monitored telephone conversations from Berlin to the East Prussian FHQ on 20 July 1944 after the attempt on Hitler's life. Towards the end Misch was drawn into the FÙhrerbunker with the last of the 'faithful'. As defeat approached, he remained in charge of the bunker switchboard as his duty required, even after Hitler committed suicide. Misch knew Hitler as the private man and his position was one of unconditional loyalty. His memoirs offer an intimate view of life in close attendance to Hitler and of the endless hours deep inside the bunker; and provide new insights into military events such as Hitler's initial feelings that the 6th Army should pull out of Stalingrad. Shortly before he died Misch wrote a new introduction for this first-ever English-language edition. The book also contains new introduction by Roger Moorhouse.

Hitler s Last Witness

Author: Rochus Misch
Publisher: Scribe Publications
ISBN: 9781925113389
Release Date: 2014-09-01
Genre: History

After being seriously wounded in the 1939 Polish campaign, Rochus Misch was invited to join Hitler’s Schutzstaffel (SS) bodyguard. There he served until the war’s end as Hitler’s bodyguard, courier, orderly, and, finally, chief of communications. On the Berghof terrace, he watched Eva Braun organise parties; he observed Heinrich Himmler and Albert Speer; and he monitored telephone conversations from Berlin to the East Prussian Führer Headquarters on 20 July 1944 after the attempt on Hitler’s life. Towards the end, Misch was drawn into the Führerbunker with the last of the ‘faithful’. As defeat approached, he remained in charge of the bunker switchboard, as his duty required — even after Hitler committed suicide. Misch knew the private side of Hitler, and his position was one of unconditional loyalty to him. This first-hand testimony of the last witness to Hitler’s final hours offers an intimate view of life deep inside the bunker, and it provides new insights into military events, such as Hitler’s initial feeling that the Sixth Army should pull out of Stalingrad. Shortly before he died in 2013, Misch wrote a preface for this first-ever English-language edition. The book also contains an introduction by British historian Roger Moorhouse. PRAISE FOR ROCHUS MISCH ‘[F]ull of fascinating personal details about one of history's most reviled men … his first-hand accounts of the Third Reich's desperate final days made this a gripping read.’ The West Australian ‘[S]hows the change from the euphoria of Germany's initial successes and the slow descent into depression as Hitler's war machine is defeated … Misch's point of view is an interesting one, with many intriguing details of day-to-day life … His view of Hitler as a simple man … brings out the enormity of the Nazi leader's crimes against other humans.’ The Daily Telegraph

Hitler s Last Witness

Author: Rochus Misch
Publisher: Frontline Books
ISBN: 9781473837010
Release Date: 2014-08-30
Genre: History

After being seriously wounded in the 1939 Polish campaign, Rochus Misch was invited to join Hitler's SS-bodyguard. There he served until the war's end as Hitler's bodyguard, courier, orderly and finally as Chief of Communications. On the Berghof terrace he watched Eva Braun organize parties; observed Heinrich Himmler and Albert Speer; and monitored telephone conversations from Berlin to the East Prussian FHQ on 20 July 1944 after the attempt on Hitler's life. Towards the end Misch was drawn into the Führerbunker with the last of the 'faithful'. As defeat approached, he remained in charge of the bunker switchboard as his duty required, even after Hitler committed suicide. Misch knew Hitler as the private man and his position was one of unconditional loyalty. His memoirs offer an intimate view of life in close attendance to Hitler and of the endless hours deep inside the bunker; and provide new insights into military events such as Hitler's initial feelings that the 6th Army should pull out of Stalingrad. Shortly before he died Misch wrote a new introduction for this first-ever English-language edition. The book also contains new introduction by Roger Moorhouse.

Hitler s Last Secretary

Author: Traudl Junge
Publisher: Skyhorse
ISBN: 9781628721614
Release Date: 2011-09-01
Genre: History

A firsthand account of Adolf Hitler from the woman who worked at his side, stayed with him in the bunker, and was featured in the film Downfall. In 1942 Germany, Gertraud “Traudl” Junge was a young woman with dreams of becoming a ballerina when she was offered the chance of a lifetime. At the age of twenty-two, she became private secretary to Adolf Hitler and served him for two and a half years, right up to the very end. Junge observed the intimate workings of Hitler’s administration: She typed his correspondence and speeches—including Hitler’s public and private last will and testament—and ate her meals and spent evenings with him. She was close enough to hear the bomb intended to assassinate Hitler in the Wolf’s Lair—and to smell the bitter almond odor of Eva Braun’s cyanide pill in Hitler’s bunker and ultimate tomb. In this intimate, detailed, and chilling memoir, Junge explains what it was like to spend everyday life with a human monster.

Inside Hitler s Bunker

Author: Joachim Fest
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312423926
Release Date: 2005-03-15
Genre: History

The final days of World War II are related in a study that furnishes details of Hitler's final days in the bunker and the torment on the streets of Germany's cities and towns as the Third Reich collapsed under the weight of American, British, French, and Russian forces. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Until the Final Hour

Author: Gertraud Junge
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
ISBN: 1559707283
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Offering an insider's perspective on the final days of the Third Reich, the recollections of a woman who became Hitler's secretary in 1942 sheds new light on his day-to-day life, character, and habits.

Memoirs of a Wartime Interpreter

Author: Elena Rzhevskaya
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781784382827
Release Date: 2018-03-30
Genre: History

"By the will of fate I came to play a part in not letting Hitler achieve his final goal of disappearing and turning into a myth… I managed to prevent Stalin’s dark and murky ambition from taking root – his desire to hide from the world that we had found Hitler’s corpse" - Elena Rzhevskaya "A telling reminder of the jealousy and rivalries that split the Allies even in their hour of victory, and foreshadowed the Cold War"- Tom Parfitt, The Guardian On May 2,1945, Red Army soldiers broke into Hitler’s bunker. Rzhevskaya, a young military interpreter, was with them. Almost accidentally the Soviet military found the charred remains of Hitler and Eva Braun. They also found key documents: Bormann's notes, the diaries of Goebbels and letters of Magda Goebbels. Rzhevskaya was entrusted with the proof of the Hitler’s death: his teeth wrenched from his corpse by a pathologist hours earlier. The teeth were given to Rzhevskaya because they believed male agents were more likely to get drunk on Victory Day, blurt out the secret and lose the evidence. She interrogated Hitler's dentist's assistant who confirmed the teeth were his. Elena’s role as an interpreter allowed her to forge a link between the Soviet troops and the Germans. She also witnessed the civilian tragedy perpetrated by the Soviets. The book includes her diary material and later additions, including conversations with Zhukov, letters of pathologist Shkaravsky, who led the autopsy, and a new Preface written by Rzhevskaya for the English language edition. Rzhevskaya writes about the key historical events and everyday life in her own inimitable style. She talks in depth of human suffering, of bittersweet victory, of an author's responsibility, of strange laws of memory and unresolved feeling of guilt.

In the Bunker with Hitler

Author: Bernd Freytag Von Loringhoven
Publisher:
ISBN: NWU:35556038827564
Release Date: 2008-11-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The last survivor of Hitler's Berlin bunker tells the story of the final days of the Third Reich.

I Was Hitler s Chauffeur

Author: Erich Kempka
Publisher: Frontline Books
ISBN: 9781781599723
Release Date: 2010-02-19
Genre: History

Erich Kempka served as HitlerÍs personal driver from 1934 through to the FÙhrerÍs dramatic suicide in 1945. His candid memoirs offer a unique eyewitness account of events leading up to and during the war, culminating in those dark final days in the FÙhrer's headquarters, deep under the shattered city of Berlin. He begins by describing his duties as a member of HitlerÍs personal staff in the years preceding the war, driving the FÙhrer throughout Germany and abroad, and accompanying him to rallies. The crux of his memoirs however covers his life with Hitler in the Berlin FÙhrerbunker. During this time he was responsible for a transport fleet of cars, and often drove the likes of Speer or Kesselring on inspection tours to the hot spots on the front; and in March 1945, he accompanied the FÙhrer to his final front-inspection tour. Kempka was also present when news came through of G_ring and HimmlerÍs efforts to seize power and negotiate a truce with the Western Allies. Crucially, Kempka also witnessed HitlerÍs marriage to Eva Braun, and his last dinner and personal farewell to all those present, before he and his wife committed suicide. HitlerÍs final order to Kempka was that he have ready enough petrol to burn him and his wife. Under constant Soviet artillery fire, Kempke, Linge and others poured petrol over the bodies and burnt them. The account concludes with KempkaÍs hazardous escape out of a burning Berlin more than 800 km through enemy-occupied Germany, home to find his wife at BE. There he was arrested by American C.fI.C. personnel and interrogated before being sent to serve as a witness at Nuremburg.

He was My Chief

Author: Christa Schroeder
Publisher: Frontline
ISBN: 1848326319
Release Date: 2011-10-01
Genre: Germany

Schroeder recalls Hitler as a man, and provides an intimate view of the workings of his household. She reveals Hitler's likes and dislikes, his daily routine and habits, his relationship with his family, the games he used to play - even his sense of humour.

Hitler s Last Days

Author: Gerhard Boldt
Publisher: Pen & Sword
ISBN: 1844153614
Release Date: 2005
Genre: History

In the last months of the Second World War, Gerhard Boldt, a young cavalry officer, found himself seconded to Gehlen's military intelligence staff in Berlin. Summoned to daily briefing sessions with the Fuhrer and his Generals, Boldt had a unique opportunity to observe the leading members of the Nazi hierarchy."

At Hitler s Side

Author: Nicolaus von Below
Publisher: Frontline Books
ISBN: 9781781599747
Release Date: 2010-11-30
Genre: History

This is the personal account of a Luftwaffe aide always at HitlerÕs side from 1937 until the last days in Berlin, now published for the first time in English. Nicolaus von Below was a 29-year-old pilot when Goering selected him for the position of HitlerÕs Luftwaffe adjutant. He was with Hitler at every stage as the Second World War unfolded. His observations tell of HitlerÕs responses to momentous events as well as military decisions and policy-making at FŸhrer Headquarters. This is a superb source describing life in HitlerÕs inner circle, relied upon on by Gitta Sereny in her biography of Albert Speer. He provides fascinating insight into how Hitler planned the invasions of Poland and Russia, what he thought of Britain and America, why he placed his faith in the V-1 and V-2 projects, how others dealt with him, and much more. Von Below was present at the assassination attempt in July 1944, and records the effect on Hitler and his followers. Von Below was the last of HitlerÕs close military entourage to emerge from the bunker alive. His frank memoir will appeal to anyone interested in how Hitler ran his war. He was denounced to the British in 1946 and imprisoned as a material witness at Nuremberg, until being discharged in 1947.

The Last Days of Hitler

Author: Hugh Trevor-Roper
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226812243
Release Date: 1987
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Late in 1945, Trevor-Roper was appointed by British Intelligence in Germany to investigate conflicting evidence surrounding Hitler's final days and to produce a definitive report on his death. The author, who had access to American counterintelligence files and to German prisoners, focuses on the last ten days of Hitler's life, April 20-29, 1945, in the underground bunker in Berlin—a bizarre and gripping episode punctuated by power play and competition among Hitler's potential successors. "From exhaustive research [Trevor-Roper] has put together a carefully documented, irrefutable, and unforgettable reconstruction of the last days in April, 1945."—New Republic "A book sound in its scholarship, brilliant in its presentation, a delight for historians and laymen alike."—A. J. P. Taylor, New Statesman

With Hitler to the End

Author: Heinz Linge
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 9781626363267
Release Date: 2014-07-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The valet responsible for guarding the door while Hitler committed suicide describes his close-proximity witness to the daily routines of the fuehrer's household, marked by Hitler's relationships with Eva Braun and his dog, his fading health at the end of the war, and his oversight of key historical events.