Rochus Misch, was the former courier, bodyguard and telephone operator for German leader Adolf Hitler from 1940 to 1945. He died literally two days ago, on the 5th of September 2013. His last days Misch spent in South Berlin in the district of Rudow.
He was 96. Misch was the last survivor from Hitler‘s bunker in Berlin, and was actively interviewed for the last years. One of such documentaries I watched just couple of months ago. What was especially interesting to me, that during the Bunker times there was no single word about concentration camps and Jews. They did not know anything, and he only learned about the killed numbers many many years after and was still reading the facts in the books until recently.” We simply could not imagine him as a murderer of Jews, he was so friendly and nice to us”. And even 60 years after the Hitler’s death, he called him “boss”.
In 1937, Misch joined the SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS-VT), the predecessor to the Waffen-SS. The SS-VT trained alongside Hitler’s personal bodyguard unit, the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH). Misch was badly wounded while negotiating the surrender of Polish troops during the Battle of Modlin. For this act he was awarded the Iron Cross, Second Class.
Hitler committed suicide on 30 April. Misch witnessed the discovery of the bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun, and was present (in the bunker complex) during the time when Joseph Goebbels and his wife Magda poisoned their six young children and committed suicide on 1 May 1945.
”Hitler was sitting at the table, slumped forward, and Eva Braun was lying next to him. I saw that with my own eyes,” Misch said. ( smh.com.au/)
After Soviets released him, for many years he did not know what to do with himself. But later he ran a painting shop in Berlin (weld.de).
He wrote his memoirs in German, Der letzte Zeuge (The Last Witness) which was published in 2008.
Misch took many photographs of Hitler and Eva, many of them can be found online or seen in the documentary “The Last Witness”. Misch remained proud to the end about his years with Hitler.