Hitler’s Last Witness

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.

Hitler's Last Witness: The Memoirs of Hitler's BodyguardHitler’s Last Witness
By Rochus Misch
Front Line Books
Retail Price $32.95
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Book Description: 

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 a foreword by the Jewish author Ralph Giordano and a new introduction by Roger Moorhouse.

Review

This is a fascinating look at Hitler’s life from an insider’s perspective.  Even though WWII ending almost 70 years ago, new information is still cropping up, making a study of this Era truly fascinating.  The author gives us intimate details of Hitler’s life – both personal and professional.  He even delves into Hitlers personality and quirks, which I found intriguing.  Not sure I really believe that he knew nothing of Hitler’s death camps, but he comes across as really naive and clueless to higher military intelligence.  This book also gives us a glimpse into the last days of Hitler’s life from an insider’s point of view as the Russian army bears down on Berlin.  It was indeed a a great read!

~Reviewed by David H.

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