With Hitler to the End: The Memoirs of Adolf Hitler's Valet
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The remarkable memoir of a man who was by Hitler’s side from 1935 to 1945.
Heinz Linge worked with Adolf Hitler for a ten-year period from 1935 until the Führer’s death in the Berlin bunker in May 1945. He was one of the last to leave the bunker and was responsible for guarding the door while Hitler killed himself.
During his years of service, Linge was responsible for all aspects of Hitler’s household and was constantly by his side. He claims that only Eva Braun stood closer to Hitler over these years.
Here, Linge recounts the daily routine in Hitler’s household: his eating habits, his foibles, his preferences, his sense of humor, and his private life with Eva Braun. In fact, Linge believed Hitler’s closest companion was his dog Blondi. After the war Linge said in an interview, “It was easier for him to sign a death warrant for an officer on the front than to swallow bad news about the health of his dog.” Linge also charts the changes in Hitler’s character during their time together and his fading health during the last years of the war. During his last days, Hitler’s right eye began to hurt intensely and Linge was responsible for administering cocaine drops to kill the pain. In a number of instances—such as with the Stauffenberg bomb plot of July 1944—Linge gives an excellent eyewitness account of events. He also gives thumbnail profiles of the prominent members of Hitler’s “court”: Hess, Speer, Bormann and Ribbentrop amongst them.
Though Linge held an SS rank, he claims not to have been a Nazi Party member. His profile of one of history’s worst demons is not blindly uncritical, but it is nonetheless affectionate. The Hitler that emerges is a multi-faceted individual: unpredictable and demanding, but not of an otherwise unpleasant nature. 12 b&w illustrations
Munich, the Capital of the Movement (from December 1938); for Weimar, Roderick Fick (from December 1938); Ludwig and Franz Ruff – alongside Speer – for the Nuremberg Rally structures; and Brugmann and Schmeisser for the city plans. Fick and Dr Fritz Todt designed and built the Obersalzberg to Hitler’s ideas. Reissinger planned the Gau installations at Bayreuth; architect Kreis the new city centre at Dresden; Dipl-Ing Peter Koller the city rebuilding at Graz and Innsbruck; Konstanty Gutschow the
to call on the physician to do the job for me, for Hitler’s breath was almost constantly foul. My deliberations on how to make Hitler aware of the problem were interrupted by his order that in future I should only bring along his field-grey uniforms. Shortly before ten that morning he drove to the Reich Chancellery, already in field-grey, to speak at the Reichstag session. SA formations and SS had begun lining the streets from Wilhelm-Strasse to the Kroll Opera railings since eight o’clock, but
perhaps make it possible to speak to the representatives of this people reasonably and quietly. Meanwhile Russia also sees the necessity to march into Poland and so protect the interests of the White Russian and Ukrainian elements there. We now discover that Britain and France see in this collaboration between German and Russia a terrible crime, and an Englishman even called it perfidy. The British would know all about that! I believe that the British see as perfidious the failure of their
decided: ‘I am going with the third troop to which Stumpfegger, Baur and Naumann are attached.’ Thus he wanted to break through the Russian lines with Hitler’s doctor, his flight captain and state secretary Werner Naumann, who had military experience and was listed as troop leader. In his decision to go with Naumann, Bormann was probably taking into account that Naumann had been appointed Propaganda Minister in the new Reich cabinet in Hitler’s Will. In a future meeting with Reich president
lieutenant from the Bavarian provincial police, Johann Rattenhuber who remained in post throughout. By 1944 the force was 250 strong, thirty being support staff. Its deputy commander was SS Obersturmbannführer Peter Högl. 3 Erwin Giesing, notes, 11 November 1945, document in archive of Werner Maser. 48 This was a notorious witch hunt in Munich in the year 1600 when a murderer deflected suspicion from himself on the innocent Pappenheimer family. Under dreadful torture they confessed not only to