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Hitler bodyguard Rochus Misch dies at 96
Associated Press ^ | Sep 6, 2013 | DAVID RISING, Associated Press

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 ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Germany
KEYWORDS: bodyguad; hitler; nazi; rochusmisch
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Just an interesting story... Sometimes it is nice to do some leisure reading.
1 posted on 09/06/2013 7:47:09 AM PDT by GoreFreeTN
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To: GoreFreeTN

He was a monster.


2 posted on 09/06/2013 7:49:41 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: GoreFreeTN

3 posted on 09/06/2013 7:54:34 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: GoreFreeTN

” most reviled man of the 20th century”

NObama is setting the bar for the 21st.


4 posted on 09/06/2013 7:54:37 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Pearls Before Swine
He was a monster.

In the article, he jokes about a family friend being thrown into a concentration camp, so...yeah, pretty much.

5 posted on 09/06/2013 7:56:39 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: GoreFreeTN

Burn in HELL Kraut BASTARD!


6 posted on 09/06/2013 7:56:59 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: GoreFreeTN

Why? I mean, why at 96?


7 posted on 09/06/2013 7:57:30 AM PDT by kronos77 (Kosovo is Serbian Jerusalem. No Serbia without Kosovo.)
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To: GoreFreeTN

8 posted on 09/06/2013 7:58:55 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: GoreFreeTN

what a sick freak


9 posted on 09/06/2013 8:00:32 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Resolute Conservative

he hasn’t killed 50 million people


10 posted on 09/06/2013 8:01:10 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: US Navy Vet

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.


11 posted on 09/06/2013 8:01:18 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: yldstrk

Give him a chance he is working on it.


12 posted on 09/06/2013 8:04:55 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: IbJensen

I call him what he IS a “Halfrican Bastard”!


13 posted on 09/06/2013 8:04:57 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Kip Russell

When you survive 9 years in a Soviet gulag you have the right to joke about such things. Times gone by.


14 posted on 09/06/2013 8:06:22 AM PDT by TheDon (Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out.)
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To: kronos77
Why? I mean, why at 96?

As an living reminder that Evil such as this, once stalked the earth....
15 posted on 09/06/2013 8:09:21 AM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: IbJensen

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?


16 posted on 09/06/2013 8:14:23 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: US Navy Vet

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.


17 posted on 09/06/2013 8:15:02 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

But, he luft docs undt schilderns.


18 posted on 09/06/2013 8:16:11 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: TheDon
When you survive 9 years in a Soviet gulag you have the right to joke about such things.

Given that he defended one of the worst murderers in the history of humanity, I'm not terribly concerned about his rights.

19 posted on 09/06/2013 8:16:34 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: GoreFreeTN

Oh no! Wait till “Hitler Finds out Rochus Misch is Dead!”


20 posted on 09/06/2013 8:17:18 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: TheDon

I’m surprised the Soviets let him live.


21 posted on 09/06/2013 8:18:01 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: yldstrk

he hasn’t 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.


22 posted on 09/06/2013 8:19:50 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: PGR88

Our country is heading down the same road or at least a very similar one. :(


23 posted on 09/06/2013 8:20:01 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: IbJensen; US Navy Vet
God only knows what you call your president.

Would you be referring to the illegitimate, bisexual, Marxist Kenyan Muslim Usurper?

24 posted on 09/06/2013 8:21:19 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Kip Russell

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.


25 posted on 09/06/2013 8:22:08 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: RedMonqey

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.


26 posted on 09/06/2013 8:23:10 AM PDT by edcoil (System now set up not to allow some to win but for no one to lose!)
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To: laplata

ok, I agree


27 posted on 09/06/2013 8:26:44 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk
he hasn’t killed 50 million people

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.

28 posted on 09/06/2013 8:28:23 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

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.


29 posted on 09/06/2013 8:29:10 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
And yet he lived a long life go figure?
30 posted on 09/06/2013 8:29:24 AM PDT by angcat
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To: IbJensen

Here’s a little number in remembrance of this fine example of Teutonic virtue.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZlFBSRrSR0


31 posted on 09/06/2013 8:31:50 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Old Sarge

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?


32 posted on 09/06/2013 8:32:04 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: yldstrk

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.


33 posted on 09/06/2013 8:34:42 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: GoreFreeTN

(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.


34 posted on 09/06/2013 8:36:42 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (The best War on Terror News is at rantburg.com)
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To: IbJensen

A member of the SS who didn’t kill anyone? And you know this how?

If you forgot the sarc tag, my apologies.


35 posted on 09/06/2013 8:36:58 AM PDT by DonkeyBonker (Hard to paddle against the flow of sewage coming out of the White House.)
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To: GoreFreeTN

Basically, the Reggie Love of his day. Nice.


36 posted on 09/06/2013 8:40:19 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: GoreFreeTN

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.


37 posted on 09/06/2013 8:44:15 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: IbJensen
Evil Cherub Girl likes how you think:


38 posted on 09/06/2013 8:47:38 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: GoreFreeTN
"He was no brute. He was no monster. He was no superman," Misch said.

He was, in fact, two out of three.

39 posted on 09/06/2013 8:49:18 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: IbJensen

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...”


40 posted on 09/06/2013 8:50:42 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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I’m surprised the Soviets let him live.

Me too. Ninety percent of German pows died in Soviet captivity.

5.56mm

41 posted on 09/06/2013 8:51:14 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Nobody did a better Hitler than Moe Howard.


42 posted on 09/06/2013 8:58:26 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: M Kehoe

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.


43 posted on 09/06/2013 8:58:40 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: IbJensen
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.

Oh, gee whillikers, IbJensen. You're right. He WAS one of the good guys, a Nazi who protected one of the biggest monsters in history, who is proud of his own station in life, a former member of a group who don't officially exist anymore that conspired, under the tutelage of Adolf Hitler, to kill more than six-million Jews, Gypsies, and others who weren't German Aryans. How could we have missed what a sterling jewel this Nazi who didn't kill others was.

By the way, I hope he is burning in hell. But, hey. What a great guy he was--you can be proud of him. Apparently.

44 posted on 09/06/2013 9:01:35 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: righttackle44

Just as a question, where does that leave members of our secret service guarding the current idiot in chief?


45 posted on 09/06/2013 9:06:23 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: PGR88

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.


46 posted on 09/06/2013 9:13:41 AM PDT by TheDon (Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out.)
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To: GoreFreeTN
He was no brute. He was no monster. He was no superman.

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.

47 posted on 09/06/2013 9:17:20 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: GoreFreeTN

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.


48 posted on 09/06/2013 9:25:04 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: GoreFreeTN
The article's photo of him framed in the doorway is sinister..”Is that a luger in your pants pocket or are you just happy to see the new cattle car of prisoners come in?”
49 posted on 09/06/2013 9:37:45 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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” 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.”


50 posted on 09/06/2013 10:19:12 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("There's always free cheese in a mousetrap." - Marine Col. Peter Martino)
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