Some of you may remember the wonderful gift that I received from my good lady last year. Knowing that I am interested in all things Third Reich, she bought the Rochus Misch book (her native Czech language edition), and proceeded to translate it, without my knowledge, and then had it printed and presented it to me. Very much a labour of love one could say, and something that I shall cherish forever.
Anyway, I received a few messages asking me for copies, but as I explained, this wouldn't be "the right thing to do". Instead, I have created this thread, which when I have time, I shall update with some of the more interesting notes from the book.
As a note to those that are not familiar with Herr Misch, he was an SS Oberscharfuhrer in the LAH, and served as a telephone operator, courier and bodyguard for Adolf Hitler for the majority of the war. He is the last living survivor of the Fuhrerbunker during the final days of the war in Europe, and although 94 years old, and sadly in a state of ill health, he still lives not far from the site of the Fuhrerbunker in Berlin today.
The book begins with the usual background to the man's life. His early years, when he was raised by his grandparents etc. Moving on to the war, he was seriously injured, almost losing his life in fact, in Poland whilst negotiating the surrender of Polish troops at Modlin. Misch was shot in the back, the bullet fortunately missing his heart, narrowly, and he later recovered and was transfered to LSSAH, who were not in front-line service. Rochus Misch was awarded the Eisernes Kreuz, 2nd class.
When he met Hitler for the first time, he was understandably very nervous, but remained calm when introduced. Hitler asked a member of his staff "Do we have anyone from Silesia?", to which the reply was "No, my Fuhrer." Misch was then taken on, and his first task was to deliver some mail and a parcel to Hitler's sister.
More to follow...