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Hitler's last witness : the memoir of Hitler's bodyguard / Rochus Misch ; co-authored by Michael Stehle, Professor Jörn Precht, Ralph Giordano, Regina Carstensen, and Dr Sandra Zarrinbal ; introduction by Roger Moorhouse.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: DD247.M58 A3 2014

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    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 Fuhrerbunker 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.
    Uniform Title
    Letzte Zeuge. English
    Variant Title
    Memoir of Hitler's bodyguard.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Misch, Rochus, 1917-2013, author.
    Published
    London Frontline Books, 2014
    ©2014
    Locale
    Germany
    Berlin
    Edition
    First English language edition
    Contents
    My childhood : 1917-1937
    Conscripted soldier : 1937-1939
    The outbreak of war : 1939
    Hitler needs a courier
    My Reich : the telephone switchboard
    The Berghof, Hitler's special train, and Rudolf Hess
    FHQ Wolfsschanze : 1941
    FHQ Wolfsschanze, FHQ Wehrwolf, Stalingrad, my honeymoon : 1942
    The Eastern Front begins to turn West
    The philanderer : 1944
    Weddings and treason : 1944
    Preparing the Berlin Bunker : February-April 1945
    Bunker life : the last fortnight of April 1945
    Hitler's last day : 30 April 1945
    Negotiations and the Goebbels's children : 1 May 1945
    Break-out and capture
    My nine years in Soviet captivity
    My homecoming and new beginnings.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Stehle, Michael, author.
    Precht, Jörn, author.
    Giordano, Ralph, 1923-2014, author.
    Carstensen, Regina, author.
    Zarrinbal, Sandra, author.
    Moorhouse, Roger, writer of introduction.
    Notes
    Translation of: Der letzte Zeuge.
    Includes bibliographical references and index.
    My childhood : 1917-1937 -- Conscripted soldier : 1937-1939 -- The outbreak of war : 1939 -- Hitler needs a courier -- My Reich : the telephone switchboard -- The Berghof, Hitler's special train, and Rudolf Hess -- FHQ Wolfsschanze : 1941 -- FHQ Wolfsschanze, FHQ Wehrwolf, Stalingrad, my honeymoon : 1942 -- The Eastern Front begins to turn West -- The philanderer : 1944 -- Weddings and treason : 1944 -- Preparing the Berlin Bunker : February-April 1945 -- Bunker life : the last fortnight of April 1945 -- Hitler's last day : 30 April 1945 -- Negotiations and the Goebbels's children : 1 May 1945 -- Break-out and capture -- My nine years in Soviet captivity -- My homecoming and new beginnings.
    Translated from the German.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9781848327498
    1848327498 (hardback)
    Physical Description
    xvii, 254 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm.

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