Some of the details surrounding the final hours of Adolf Hitler’s life have come to light in a new book written by the Führer’s former bodyguard.
Adolf Hitler committed suicide alongside long-time lover Eva Braun on April 30 1945 in order to avoid capture by the Red Army, which was closing in on his Berlin bunker hideaway.
The details surrounding Hitler’s death have remained something of a mystery, however, after his body was subsequently burned by the remain German forces in a bid to avoid seeing his body, along with that of Braun, desecrated by the invading forces.
This lack of a body has since prompted some speculation that Hitler escaped to South America alongside several other fleeing Nazis.
However a book from Rochus Misch, Hitler’s one-time bodyguard, appears to dispel that suggestion.
The book, entitled “Hitler’s Last Witness” which was translated by Martin Mace offers a glimpse not only into the German leader’s final moments but also his relationship with Braun.
In one extract, Mace recount’s Misch’s memory of those final few hours:
“On 30th April 1945, Rochus Misch was at the switchboard in Hitler’s bunker. He received the message from General Keitel that he had failed to break the Soviet encirclement of Berlin, and that the end was both close at hand and inevitable.
Shortly afterwards, Misch heard Hitler talking quietly to [head of the Nazi party chancellery] Martin Bormann and others. He looked and saw Hitler walk into his study, Eva, now Mrs Hitler, followed him in. He saw Otto Günsche, the Führer’s adjutant, close the door behind the newly-married couple.
“Güsche told Misch that the ‘boss’ was not to be disturbed. Hitler shook hands with Günsche and told him that all soldiers were released from their oath of loyalty. Hitler had already told his adjutant that he did not want his body to be publicly abused as [Italian dictator] Benito Mussolini’s had been and that he wanted his corpse to be burned.
This had already been arranged by Günsche with an SS Reichssicherheitsdienst man who assisted Misch on the switchboard. Everyone in the bunker waited nervously. Then there was some commotion.
The study door was opened and Misch looked inside, ‘My glance fell first on Eva. She was seated with her legs drawn up, her head inclined towards Hitler. Her shoes were under the sofa. Near her … the dead Hitler. His eyes were open and staring, his head had fallen forward slightly.”
Last year, The Express reported that Hitler had survived and lived on to the age of 95, citing pictorial “evidence” showing a man resembling the German leader alongside a Brazilian lady.
This latest account may well put such suggestions to bed, once and for all.
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