The Last Witness

Intriguing details of the Führer’s final moments, as well as clues to his relationship with lover Eva Braun and the truth behind Rudolf Hess’ peace mission to the UK, have been revealed in a book by the person who found Hitler dead.

The collection of photos belonging to Hitler’s personal bodyguard, Rochus Misch, inside the book also offer an intimate look into the private lives of the Nazi dictator and those close to him.

Candid pictures show Hitler and Eva Braun, among others, relaxing on the terrace at the Berghof residence, inside one of Hitler’s many studies and homes and Misch standing guard.

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The details of Hitler’s last minutes and other details about his private life have been revealed in Rochus Misch’s book, Hitler’s Last Witness.

Pictured here is Adolf Hitler's last visit to the troops. It was taken at the Ninth German Army HQ in Oderfront on March 11, 1945. Behind a seated Hitler is General Ritter von Greim (wearing spectacles), to the right is General Theodor Busse who was the commanding officer of the Ninth Army (also wearing spectacles) and between them is Luftwaffe Colonel Hans-Ulrich Rudel

Pictured here is Adolf Hitler’s last visit to the troops. It was taken at the Ninth German Army HQ in Oderfront on March 11, 1945. Behind a seated Hitler is General Ritter von Greim (wearing spectacles), to the right is General Theodor Busse who was the commanding officer of the Ninth Army (also wearing spectacles) and between them is Luftwaffe Colonel Hans-Ulrich Rudel

Misch died in Berlin in 2013 at the age of 96.

The book’s commissioning editor Martin Mace said that on April 30, 1945, Rochus Misch was at the switchboard in Hitler’s bunker when he received the message from General Keitel.

The message was that he had failed to break the Soviet encirclement of Berlin, and that the end of WWII was both close at hand and inevitable.

‘Shortly afterwards, Misch heard Hitler talking quietly to Bormann and others. He looked and saw Hitler walk into his study, Eva, now Mrs Hitler, followed him in,’ said Mr Mace.

‘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 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.’

Misch told his editor: ‘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.’

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