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Hitler's Last Witness: The Memoirs of Hitler's Bodyguard

Hitler's Last Witness: The Memoirs of Hitler's Bodyguard (Hardback)

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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.

Born in 1917 ROCHUS MISCH was recruited into Hitler's SS-bodyguard in 1940. He served as a bodyguard, courier and telephonist for five years. After Hitler's death he was held in Russian captivity for nine years. He died in 2013. ROGER MOORHOUSE is the author of Killing Hitler and Berlin at War.

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