By Rochus Misch
After being heavily wounded within the 1939 Polish crusade, Rochus Misch was once invited to affix 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 mobilephone 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 in command of the bunker switchboard as his accountability required, even after Hitler devoted suicide.
Misch knew Hitler because the deepest guy and his place was once certainly one of 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 equivalent to Hitler’s preliminary emotions that the sixth military should still pull out of Stalingrad. presently ahead of he died Misch wrote a brand new creation for this first-ever English-language variation. The e-book additionally incorporates a foreword by way of the Jewish writer Ralph Giordano and a brand new creation through 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 – was once privileged to witness a lot that was once historical, cataclysmic, occasionally extraordinary, and at last nihilistic, yet whose rank and place intended that he continually 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 visible 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 really worth it too, as this nice you're there paintings places the reader correct within the heart of occasions simply as they transpired.
‘[Misch’s] memoir is stuffed with info, asides and digressions, which enable the reader a unprecedented and interesting perception into the 3rd Reich’s internal sanctum . . . Misch overheard conversations, watched the comings and goings and was once a willing observer of occasions . . . He used to be as on the subject of being a ‘fly at the wall’ as you 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 was once 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 warfare, labored in camps there, and at last lower 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 via. ...Rochus Misch thought of Hitler a "normal, easy guy, the easiest guy I ever knew" and "extremely unpretentious". He enjoyed childrens and animals. yet he plunged the realm into distress, chaos and holocaust. keep in mind that as you learn Misch's admittedly captivating account. And use it as one step to deeper examine of Nazi Germany's infamous Führer."
Misch’s autobiography presents perception on Hitler “behind closed doors.” whereas it is a provocative but worrying account, it really is an immense addition to the historiography of the final days of the 3rd Reich.
International Bibliography of army heritage 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 details remains to be cropping up, creating a examine of this period really interesting. the writer provides 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 lifestyles from an insider’s standpoint because the Russian military bears down on Berlin. It was once certainly a a good read!
".. the translated model of the unique manuscript, the English language group additional a wealth of footnotes and causes, indicating they'd long past to extremes in order to coordinate the author’s claims with real historical truth, and ― the following and there ― a few proof that couldn’t be proven in each minute element; and information are far and wide in Misch’s account. For person who was once no longer a student, and who was once in no place to make notes, his reminiscence is impressive. If I had the gap 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 exact than the paintings of a bunch of extra well-known or even “storied” old writers whose books line numerous cabinets in my vast 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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I accredited and went there . . . I frequently requested myself why they'd despatched for a secretary expressly from Munich or even conscripted her for crucial provider. ’ See Traudl Junge, Bis zur letzten Stunde – Hitlers Sekretärin erzählt ihr Leben, Munich 2002, p. 37. In an interview with André Heller, Junge stated she had requested a feminine good friend with hyperlinks to Albert Bormann to solicit from him a place for herself. See the documentation in André Heller and Othmar Schmiderer, Im toten Winkel, DVD 2002. 6 this present day, Strasse des 17 Juni. 7 Hanna Reitsch had the Iron move, First and moment classification. eight Greim (1892–1945), see biographical access, p. 227. nine The V-1, Vergeltungswaffe-1 (weapon of reprisal), identified internally as FZG seventy six Flakzielgerät (flak objective device), was once Goebbels’s propaganda time period for the Fieseler-103, an unmanned plane armed with explosives (the first semi-guided missile). 10 The Fi-156 used to be a high-wing, single-engined propeller plane built on the Fieseler Works, Kassel, and known as the Storch for its excessive, mounted undercarriage. eleven opposed to his personal orders, normal Heinrici had ordered the retreat of von Manteuffel’s Panzer-Armee. Keitel met Heinrici in my opinion yet was once not able to persuade him to exploit his forces to mount an assault to alleviate Berlin via starting a spot within the Soviet ring round the trapped troops. Heinrici thought of this could reason mindless losses. Keitel then relieved Heinrici of command at his personal request. See Joachim Fest, Der Untergang, Berlin 2002, pp. 111ff. 12 Himmler had tried to barter with the Western Powers during the Swedish diplomat count number Folke Bernadotte and had even stated he was once able to ‘capitulate unconditionally’. See Joachim Fest, Der Untergang, Berlin 2002, p. 114. thirteen Misch didn't desire to show the identify of the gunman, out of regard for the latter’s kinfolk. 14 in line with Traudl Junge, Joseph Goebbels dictated his personal testomony to her whereas she used to be engaged on the dictation of Hitler’s Will. Goebbels’ testomony was once to were an appendix to Hitler’s. See Traudl Junge, Bis zur letzten Stunde – Hitlers Sekretärin erzählt ihr Leben, Munich 2002, pp. 203f. 15 significant normal Rudolf von Holste commanded XXXXI Panzerkorps to the north of Berlin. * now not a rocket ‘Rakete’; propulsion used to be through ram-jet. (TN) bankruptcy Fourteen Hitler’s final Day: 30 April 1945 almost immediately AFTER ONE within the morning, Hitler desired to be aware of if there have been any clean reviews from OKW. there have been none. hours later, round 3 o’clock, a long-awaited radio sign arrived from Keitel, which extinguished any final shimmer of desire. The try to holiday the encirclement of Berlin had come to a halt. Upstairs, they'd to ship one other sign. Dönitz needs to take instant motion opposed to all traitors ruthlessly and once attainable. It used to be now not until eventually a lot later, round noon, that the Berlin urban commandant, Helmuth Weidling, suggested that the Russians have been in fast proximity to the govt district. abruptly, Hitler got here shuffling alongside the hall to my mobile switchboard and stood within the doorway.