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

Hitler's Last Witness: The Memoirs of Hitler's Bodyguard
    Hitler's Last Witness: The Memoirs of Hitler's Bodyguard allow the reader a rare and fascinating insight into the Third Reich s inner sanctum Misch overheard conversations, watched the comings and goings and was a keen observer of events He was as close to being a fly on the wall as one could get Roger Moorhouse, author Berlin at War convincing first person testimony of the dictator s final desperate months, days and hours Huffington Post The memoirs of Hitler s bodyguard and unquestioning servant who was one of the last people to see him alive The Times UK Misch glorifies nothing, criticizes nothing and justifies nothing, not even himself He has a sharp eye for detail, which despite the passage of the years he depicts in a credible manner Gottinger Tageblatt An insignificant man, who experienced significant events Neue Zurcher Zeitung."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 256
  • Hitler's Last Witness: The Memoirs of Hitler's Bodyguard
  • Rochus Misch
  • English
  • 13 October 2019
  • 1848327498

About the Author: Rochus Misch

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  1. Cold War Conversations Podcast says:

    The view point of someone who saw Hitler close up and away from the public persona.Rochus Misch became a member of Hitler s staff and later was in the Fuhrer Bunker when Hitler committed suicide in 1945.Written in a very simple style, Misch describes his life from his almost accidental enlistment in the SS through to his 8 years in Soviet prison campsThe book doesn t really cover anything not seen in other books, although I did learn that Hitler was secret bowling fan There are some interesting The view point of someone who saw Hitler close up and away from the public persona.Rochus Misch became a member of Hitler s staff and later was in the Fuhrer Bunker when Hitler committed suicide in 1945.Written in a very simple style, Misch describes his life from his almost accidental enlistment in the SS through to his 8 years in Soviet prison campsThe book doesn t really cover anything not seen in other books, although I did learn that Hitler was secret bowling fan There are some interesting pen portraits of Eva Braun and Paula Hitler Hitler s sister but not enough substance to give you any major insight into what made them tick.I kept getting the feeling that we weren t hearing everything and as such found the book somewhat disappointing That being said it does provide a rare 1st person description of the final days of the Reich

  2. Ionia says:

    The world changed on the 30th of April 1945, when Hitler chose to take his own life Most people know this and there have been tons of books written about it This book, is not another copy of that event This is not the portrait of a man of power, nor is it the story of someone famous for knowing someone in power This is a human story of a simple man, told from his viewpoint, in his own words words that are both haunting and exciting for anyone interested in the history of war, the Nazis or H The world changed on the 30th of April 1945, when Hitler chose to take his own life Most people know this and there have been tons of books written about it This book, is not another copy of that event This is not the portrait of a man of power, nor is it the story of someone famous for knowing someone in power This is a human story of a simple man, told from his viewpoint, in his own words words that are both haunting and exciting for anyone interested in the history of war, the Nazis or Hitler Rochus Misch was not a Nazi He never joined the movement He lived until 2013 and was the last remaining member of the Fuhrerbunker He was a man who through fate and as a result of a terrifying injury was sent to work closely with Hitler This book is his story Some of the events he recounted were surprising, some of them familiar By his own admission, Hitler was the boss He viewed him as simply an ordinary man that he worked for Along the way, Rochus mentions several times that he was chosen to occupy the position simply because he did not cause trouble I found this book incredible To listen to the actual viewpoint of Mr Misch, telling his story in his own words rather than those of a third party biographer was amazing So many things accepted as fact in history have been recounted differently here This is a look inside the walls of a popularly misunderstood compound and at the lives of the men closest to Hitler The human side of a man we tend to believe was nothing but evil is revealed in the course of this book, making it a very thought provoking account From dealings with Eva Braun, to his duties for Hitler, Rochus Misch has allowed us entry into a world rarely glimpsed Memories both fond and difficult to relay have been recorded through his writings.If you are a fan of historical non fiction, and are curious about the truth behind the stories, do yourself a favour and read this book I was fascinated from the first page to the last This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher, all opinions are my own

  3. Patricia Reding says:

    I received a copy of Hitler s Last Witness from NetGalley In exchange, I offer this, my fair and honest review.Few people had ready access to the Fuhrer, Adolph Hitler Few who did lived to tell stories of the man and his actions from the inside Rochus Misch, a member of Hitler s staff and later, in charge of the telephones where Hitler stayed from time to time, was the last surviving member of this small group.Misch tells his story of how he came to his position He insists throughout that he I received a copy of Hitler s Last Witness from NetGalley In exchange, I offer this, my fair and honest review.Few people had ready access to the Fuhrer, Adolph Hitler Few who did lived to tell stories of the man and his actions from the inside Rochus Misch, a member of Hitler s staff and later, in charge of the telephones where Hitler stayed from time to time, was the last surviving member of this small group.Misch tells his story of how he came to his position He insists throughout that he knew nothing, and heard nothing, of the millions of deaths in the concentration camps while serving Hitler Indeed, he writes that he only ever saw one report on the camps, and that from an International Red Cross report that contained nothing disturbing At the outset, I found this ideahighly difficult to believe Yet, when I read Misch s story, I found he was able to reiterate the smallest of details of Hitler s daily life and moves, yet he seemed rather uninterested in larger affairs His concerns were simply to do his job for the Third Reich, and not to cross any lines that might get him in trouble as he had seen others do, only to find themselves on the front line or killed He barely noticed when a colleague went away which meant he went to a concentration camp or was sent to the front One example was of a guard who, failing to keep a mosquito from Hitler, was sent packing For his part, Misch stuck to the rules He wouldn t even dance with Eva Braun when Hitler was away and she threw a spontaneous party, because she was the Fuhrer s girl It was the little details of Germany before and during WWII, of the lives of Hitler and his associates that I found most intriguing in this read I noted Misch s descriptions of the places where they stayed, of the people and personalities of Hitler and his associates, and the rules the staff followed so as not to bother the boss such as not to wear boots that made deep impressions on the thick carpet Really Risch met Hitler s siblings and half siblings , Eva Braun, and so many others He tells of how Hitler and Eva Braun acted publicly that he never saw any intimacies between them, nor did his colleagues and of their last hours together when the two were married Does it matter to anyone that Hitler knew all his staff on sight and by name, or that he had a first class memory, or that he rarely showed anger Does it matter that he knew who would attend a dinner That he never carried a weapon or that those who surrounded him often did and that it seems he had no fear of that Does it matter that Misch never saw Hitler laugh out loud That the Fuhrer had a favorite dog Blondie who performed tricks for him That he joked about always being the last to know anything that was going on around him That he had poor vision, but did not want others to know because he thought it showed weakness Does it matter that we know the type of car Hitler preferred to ride in Or that he liked to bowl or to watch films Perhaps not From an historical perspective, Hitler is a monster But Misch s account does show that even monstrous people are people This humanizing does not make Hitler a sympathetic character, but it does show me what people can be capable of doing.Also posted at www.Oathtaker.com, on Booklikes and , added to Facebook and tweeted

  4. J. says:

    A fascinating account of Hitler seen up close Rochus Misch seems a reliable, straightforward narrator, but it s clear he like many only saw the side of Der Fuehrer that Hitler wanted him to see Misch was a simple person, therefore he tended to see Hitler as simple, which is obviously inaccurate Misch s book is a good read, with pathos, historical and personal anecdotes, and much tension, if not much humor Many footnotes When reading Axis memoirs, it s helpful to realize that for every fa A fascinating account of Hitler seen up close Rochus Misch seems a reliable, straightforward narrator, but it s clear he like many only saw the side of Der Fuehrer that Hitler wanted him to see Misch was a simple person, therefore he tended to see Hitler as simple, which is obviously inaccurate Misch s book is a good read, with pathos, historical and personal anecdotes, and much tension, if not much humor Many footnotes When reading Axis memoirs, it s helpful to realize that for every fact about Hitler, you can find its alleged refutation somewhere else At least some of those rumors originated with Hitler, himself One example of Misch s blind spot He states that Hitler never carried a gun But he also notes that Hitler s cloth trouser pockets had all been replaced with leather Innocent Misch wasn t able to put two and two together and realize that Hitler was secretly carrying his small revolver most of the time, which we know from other writers It s clear that Misch was hired because he was an innocent his book says as much Otherwise, I found Hitler s Last Witness fairly reliable, a good source, with personality This is the best 99 ebook I ve read, so far

  5. Anne says:

    Rochus Misch was not your regular Nazi In fact he said he never joined the party which I find hard to believe as was not only one of Hitler s personal guards, he was a member of the SS I feel he was rather na ve or a liar as he swears he knew nothing of the holocaust until after the war and he seemed to see only the nice side of Hitler However I found the book quite interesting and full of interesting facts about Hitler s private life He was in the Fueherbunker at the time of Hitler s death Rochus Misch was not your regular Nazi In fact he said he never joined the party which I find hard to believe as was not only one of Hitler s personal guards, he was a member of the SS I feel he was rather na ve or a liar as he swears he knew nothing of the holocaust until after the war and he seemed to see only the nice side of Hitler However I found the book quite interesting and full of interesting facts about Hitler s private life He was in the Fueherbunker at the time of Hitler s death and stated he saw the dead body Which is interesting as I have been watching History Channel series called Hunting Hitler and it is about the possibility that Hitler did not die in the bunker All in all I found it worth reading

  6. belle says:

    This was my first biography and it certainly won t be the last.In a vivid way, Rochus Misch explains how everything happened around him and gives you the feeling that in his place, you wouldn t have acted any different Truly an amazing man and a gripping story of his life has finally been published.

  7. Jennifer says:

    A compelling account of wilful ignorance and self denial.

  8. Sarah Widman says:

    This memoir published by Frontline Books is one of a series of titles by people who worked closely with Hitler The others include a secretary, a pilot, a photographer and a childhood friend whose memoirs document their observations and impressions of one of the most infamous villains in history I received an Advance Reading Copy ARC in exchange for writing a review Misch, who died in 2013, never joined the NAZI party and in some ways seems an unlikely candidate for Hitler s bodyguard Yet t This memoir published by Frontline Books is one of a series of titles by people who worked closely with Hitler The others include a secretary, a pilot, a photographer and a childhood friend whose memoirs document their observations and impressions of one of the most infamous villains in history I received an Advance Reading Copy ARC in exchange for writing a review Misch, who died in 2013, never joined the NAZI party and in some ways seems an unlikely candidate for Hitler s bodyguard Yet that is what he became after recovering from wounds suffered in combat He wanted noof war after his experience at the front lines and felt he would be safer with Hitler He was correct about that and knew enough to be careful and not in any way offend his boss as he referred to him As a child, Misch lost both of his parents and a brother by the time he was five years old Though he was brought up by other family members, he became a bit of a loner This may account for his somewhat detached view of the events in his life For Misch working for Hitler helped him maintain a comfortable life for his wife, daughter, in laws and himself during the dark days of World War II While he witnesses the daily lives of Hitler and the others central to his life, he seems to be in the dark about what was going on away from the Reich Chancellory where he worked He thought Hitler was a nice boss who was never angry and who treated him well While he declared that he knew nothing about the plight of the Jews and others, he knew of the concentration camps but believed them to be work camps He maintained that even though he worked in close proximity to Hitler, he was, nonetheless, cut off from outside events Estranged from her father after the war, Brigitte Misch, who believed that ancestors on her mother s side were Jewish, worked as an architect on the restoration of synagogues Interestingly, Misch did admit to listening to the forbidden BBC when on leave from his job I did not find much new in his book, but it is well written and does give some insight into Hitler s character One thing I do not recall having read before is that Hitler could not believe that the British were not fighting along with the Germans to defeat the Soviet Communists Misch served nine years in Soviet prison camps before returning to and reuniting with his family His life was relatively uneventful after the war Though he bemoaned that he had missed so much of his daughter s life and never got over the horrible fate of Goebbels children, he would not accept the fact of the Holocaust

  9. Ben says:

    A worthwhile book if you are interested in WW2 or German history Misch comes across as a likeable fellow and it s written in a readable style The last third or so of this book the last days in the bunker, his escape and capture by the Russians, and the torture the Russians put him through for years is a really hard period for him, but he never expects pity he just toughs it out and seems thankful just to be alive Misch did little wrong all war, he became a soldier and fought for his cou A worthwhile book if you are interested in WW2 or German history Misch comes across as a likeable fellow and it s written in a readable style The last third or so of this book the last days in the bunker, his escape and capture by the Russians, and the torture the Russians put him through for years is a really hard period for him, but he never expects pity he just toughs it out and seems thankful just to be alive Misch did little wrong all war, he became a soldier and fought for his country then took a non combative government job on offer Yet the Russians thought he and others like him were the devil himself and treated him as such Anyone sitting in their comfortable, peaceful, middle class life and feeling depressed for no good reason would do well to read the last third of this book then see whether or not they have it pretty good

  10. John says:

    An interesting read from a factual witness, who if his testimony is to be believed, describes Hitler as a good boss Gave his staff time off when they needed it, wedding presents when they married, and showed films in the evening at which the staff were present.And this witness although in the SS for over 7 years and physically close to Hitler heard nothing of the atrocities of the concentration camps till after the war.What, who does one believe