Skip to comments.Hitler bodyguard Rochus Misch dies at 96
Posted on 09/06/2013 7:47:08 AM PDT by GoreFreeTN
BERLIN (AP) He was Adolf Hitler's devoted bodyguard for most of World War II and the last remaining witness to the Nazi leader's final hours in his Berlin bunker. To the very end, SS Staff Sgt. Rochus Misch was proud of it all.
For years, he accompanied Hitler nearly everywhere he went, sticking by the man he affectionately called "boss" until the dictator and his wife, Eva Braun, killed themselves as defeat at the hands of the Allies drew nearer. The loyal SS officer remained in what he called the "coffin of concrete" for days after Hitler's death, finally escaping as Berlin crumbled around him and the Soviets swarmed the city.
Even in his later years, during a 2005 interview with The Associated Press in which he recounted Hitler's claustrophobic, chaotic final days, Misch still cut the image of an SS man, with a rigid posture, broad shoulders, neatly combed white hair and no apologies for his close relationship with the most reviled man of the 20th century.
"He was no brute. He was no monster. He was no superman," Misch said.
(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...
He was a monster.
” most reviled man of the 20th century”
NObama is setting the bar for the 21st.
In the article, he jokes about a family friend being thrown into a concentration camp, so...yeah, pretty much.
Burn in HELL Kraut BASTARD!
Why? I mean, why at 96?
what a sick freak
he hasn’t killed 50 million people
From one vet to another: that’s pretty rough language directed towards a Nazi who didn’t kill anyone. And watch that racist crap where you call a German a Kraut.
God only knows what you call your president.
Give him a chance he is working on it.
I call him what he IS a “Halfrican Bastard”!
When you survive 9 years in a Soviet gulag you have the right to joke about such things. Times gone by.
He remained loyal to Hitler’s memory to the end, how is it possible to respect him? It would be different if he disowned Hitler and Nazism as other German veterans did, but apparently he did not, so why would you defend him?
Poor Cupcake. He’s assailed from the right and even the left.
His presidential library is already constructed. It’s a Port-A-John with only room for one visitor at a time.
But, he luft docs undt schilderns.
Given that he defended one of the worst murderers in the history of humanity, I'm not terribly concerned about his rights.
Oh no! Wait till “Hitler Finds out Rochus Misch is Dead!”
I’m surprised the Soviets let him live.
he hasnt killed 50 million people
His support for abortion has killed millions and the way he’s putting the United States at risk, we could lose many more than 50 million.
Obama is moving into the same league as Hitler and Stalin. If allowed to do so, he’ll become their equal.IMO
Obama is pure evil.
Our country is heading down the same road or at least a very similar one. :(
Would you be referring to the illegitimate, bisexual, Marxist Kenyan Muslim Usurper?
From the wit and wisdom of Adolf Hitler:
Der Fuehrer, with a twinkle in his eye joked, “This is the place where all the people went and thought they were going to have a nice shower, but were gassed instead! Ha!” Then he looked around and no one was laughing, so he continued, “I guess you had to be there.” The next day, he made sure that they all were.
I am amazed at how long it seems the nazi’s live. They sure do get up there. I am sure millions have died over the years younger and without the fan fair but the few long runners amaze me.
ok, I agree
Not YET. He's working on it. He may get Russia to nuke us or if he is successful at getting all the guns rounded up, then he'll top Hitler easy.
There are a great many older Germans who, although not outright defending Hitler, still do not believe he was a monster. I recall visiting Berchtesgaden and noticed the Nazi memorabilia on sale there. I saw framed photos of Hitler and various other mementoes. There was an active sale of these ongoing, but not by foreign visitors. They were German citizens.
In walking down an alleyway lined with specialty shops in Munchen, I noticed a small shop that specialized in the sale of photos and Nazi memorabilia.
There were several million innocents murdered by Nazi thugs specially selected to ‘serve’ in concentration camps. They were indeed responsible for herding innocent men, women and children into various chambers for the purpose of poisoning them with gas. I do believe the larger majority of Germans, even those serving in the military, were totally unaware of the carnage.
If we are anxious to condemn someone we should look towards Mao Zedong, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot and Idi Amin Dada. They each made Hitler’s regime look like pikers.
Americans should also remember that it was WWI and it’s aftermath whereby German was saddled with reparations that were totally unfair and were a direct cause of the rise of the Nazis.
Here’s a little number in remembrance of this fine example of Teutonic virtue.
Poor Cupcake. All he wanted to do his entire life was to serve mankind. Especially those in his adopted country.
Besides, Skeeter couldn’t help being a homosexual. He was born that way don’t you know?
This man is as evil and devious as any who ever lived on this planet.
Hopefully the Syria situation will wake up some of the fools.
(I have no idea why.)
Adolf Hitler was a Fuhrer, he was a good Fuhrer of mine
I never understood a single word he said
But I helped him drink weisswein
He always had some mighty fine weisswein, Sieg Heil
War mit der world, mit all the untermensch now
War mit der u-boats in der deep blue sea
War to you and me
And if I were the king of the Germans
I tell you what I would do
I’d throw out the Jews and the Russians in the world
And I’d make sweet weltanschauung, Sieg Heil
War to the world, mit all the untermensch now
War mit der u-boats in der deep blue sea
War to you and me.
A member of the SS who didn’t kill anyone? And you know this how?
If you forgot the sarc tag, my apologies.
Basically, the Reggie Love of his day. Nice.
Pre-WW2/Hitler Germany should always be a reminder how, as John Anthony West says, “There is nothing more powerful than an idea who’s time has come...not that it is a good idea.” How we deal with the Hope and Change president and/or his decisions will be remembered one way or the other just as Germany’s.
He was, in fact, two out of three.
I understand that, up until a few years ago, the response of any German to the question “Who was Hitler?” was “Oh, he built the Autobahn and made the trains run on time...”
Me too. Ninety percent of German pows died in Soviet captivity.
Nobody did a better Hitler than Moe Howard.
Well....The Germans and Russians fought the perfect war. No rules, no prisoners and anything went. And if you were taken as a POW, life was going to be very hard.
Just as a question, where does that leave members of our secret service guarding the current idiot in chief?
Agreed. I wonder if the Soviets were aware of his position as Hitler’s bodyguard? 9 years in a Soviet gulag has got to have a bit less than a 10% survival rate.
Hmm - "No man is a hero to his valet" - Montaigne. I'm sure there's a little of that going on here, as well as an apparently sincere conviction that Hitler did nothing wrong himself. It's an interesting point of view considering the circumstances.
It is a little jarring to encounter someone who went through all that and who still believes in the iniquity of the Jews and the righteousness of the Nazi cause. Substitute "Islamist" for "Nazi", though, and it is an everyday occurrence. The fanaticism is actually quite familiar.
Perhaps that rigidity helped keep him alive during those years in captivity, but I can't help wondering at a fellow who saw so much and learned so little.
I don’t think Misch was a monster. Not EVERYONE who served in the SS was a killer working in concentration camps.
The SS was the elite of the Nazi regime. Because Misch was member, he had the opportunity to serve as a bodyguard to Hitler and is therefore a witness to history.
While no one would deny Hitler’s savage cruelty and evil barbarism....there were others in Hitler’s inner circle....most notably his secretary... Traudl Jung...who confirm that Hitler had his “softer” side, usually reserved for his dog, his mistress, a few close associates, and his trusted bodyguards, pilot , chauffeur , and other assorted servants.
We like to think of Hitler as a raving madman yelling and screaming at all before him. But he was also a very popular politician, who seemed to have an hypnotic effect on people as well as charisma and yes, even charm.
Not whitewashing Hitler’s evil crimes...just saying that Rochus Misch was very fortunate in that he was apparently only exposed to Hitler’s “softer” side, witnessed history, and like Traudl Jung, lived long enough to tell about it. Traudl Jung’s recollections of those final days in the bunker, served largely as the basis for the very accurate German film about the those final days-—Downfall.
” And watch that racist crap where you call a German a Kraut.”
Oh for crying out loud. Can’t you put a sock in it with the kneejerk “racist” crap?
“Kraut” is not racist. Germany is a nation, not a race. So sick of the stupid “race card.”