Hitler's Last Courier

Hitler's Last Courier


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ISBN-13: 9780738831213
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Pages: 536
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.72(h) x 1.32(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Introduction and Dedication19
Abbreviations Used in Book27
Chapter 1Early Memories29
Chapter 2The Gypsies30
Chapter 3Waldgut Horka32
Chapter 4Rudi35
Chapter 5Inner Voices38
Chapter 6Snakes42
Chapter 7Kaethe47
Chapter 8The Woods51
Chapter 9My Family53
Chapter 10New Homes63
Chapter 11Squirters and Scratchers67
Chapter 12Our Family Tree74
Chapter 13NAPOLA82
Chapter 14Breslau95
Chapter 15New Friends98
Chapter 16Radio Days107
Chapter 17High School110
Chapter 18Hitler Youth116
Chapter 19Brother122
Chapter 20Crystal Night124
Chapter 21Summer Recess129
Chapter 22The Fall of Poland136
Chapter 23My Heroes142
Chapter 24The Written Word148
Chapter 251940152
Chapter 26Many Fronts158
Chapter 27Jungvolk Camp165
Chapter 28The Power of Belief172
Chapter 29Aryan Purity and Politics178
Chapter 30Dr. Goebbels186
Chapter 31Going to the Movies190
Chapter 32Leaving Home196
Chapter 33Love and Lust211
Chapter 34Total War222
Chapter 35Family Time228
Chapter 36Camp Counselor233
Chapter 37Christmas, 1944237
Chapter 38Military Training240
Chapter 39Going Home246
Chapter 40Volkssturm252
Chapter 41Into Battle268
Chapter 42Among the Survivors276
Chapter 43An Ocean of Flames280
Chapter 44Anne Maria296
Chapter 45The Furlough317
Chapter 46Coming Back323
Chapter 47To Berlin327
Chapter 48Hitler's Birthday Reception349
Chapter 49Hannes369
Chapter 50Our First Mission373
Chapter 51Dr. Gertrud387
Chapter 52The Party Chancellery399
Chapter 53Last Missions with Hannes404
Chapter 54New Responsibilities414
Chapter 55The Pilot418
Chapter 56Martin Bormann423
Chapter 57Glimpses of Hitler428
Chapter 58The Mistress435
Chapter 59The End Approaches438
Chapter 60Aiding the Wounded443
Chapter 61The Suicides450
Chapter 62Preparing for the Breakout456
Chapter 63The Breakout461
Chapter 64Paralysis468
Chapter 65The Tribunal473
Recommended Relevant Reading486
Appendix APeople in the Bunker491
Appendix BWaffen-SS Units, When Founded, and Nationality of Members509
Appendix CRank Comparison Chart as of April 1945511
Explanation of References513
Appendix DRegional Organization of the Hitler Youth515

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Hitler's Last Courier 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Lehmann's book portrays Hitler's Germany as few people have known it or understood it to be. Historical accounts abound on the victims of the holocaust and on the madman who perpetrated those events. However, few of us have known of the horror Hitler inflicted on his own people, and in particular, the children of Germany. Mr. Lehmann guides us through this tragedy with accounts of his early indoctrination of Hitler's beliefs, through his training and subsequent service to Germany in the Hitler Youth. The book is a fascinating account of the profound effects on the young minds of Hitler's Germany, their tragic slaughter to serve the madman's impossible bidding, and the realization of the horror of Hitler's cruelty. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed reading Armin Lehmann's autobiography,'Hitler's Last Courier.' His book, I feel, has helped me understand how many young Germans came to admire and even worship Hitler and to dedicate their lives to his new Germany. Mr. Lehmann's book illustrates very well how German adolescents sublimated their enthusiasm into a fanatical heroism and blind obedience to a regime which demanded immense sacrifices, including that of their lives. Armin Lehmann also admirably describes how he slowly lost his illusions after his idol's unheroic suicide and his gradual discovery of the evil deeds of Hitler and his henchmen. Armin Lehmann involves us intimately in the terrifying inferno of the last days of the battle of Berlin, as seen through the eyes of a frightened 16 year old boy. His last hours in the Bunker's unreal world will fascinate historians of World War II. Such candid personal observations are rare as most occupants of the Bunker did not survive the war or chose to remain silent. Armin Lehmann's contribution is therefore invaluable and we are most grateful to him for sharing his memories with us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story Armin has chosen to share, growing up as one of Hitler's Youths, was so compelling, and his writing style so flowing, that it kept me reading even when my eyes were closing long past bedtime. On a personal note, I wish this was a novel, rather than an autobiographical historical book, because I felt I was living through it as Armin told his story. The pain and intensity of knowing his story was factual, that Hitler existed not too far back in time, is still overwhelming, but also, very educational. No way could the book have been as great, had Armin not truly lived it. I am grateful for the deeper understanding I have for the author, and for all the youth that became victims of Hilter's brainwashing. I never considered these very young boy's plight prior to reading this book. I am a reader of John Grisham type novels, not of historical books. So this book was not of my chosen genre. I have no doubt that whomever reads this book, start to finish, will walk away deeply moved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even people with little interest in history will notice that discussions about Hitler and Germany in World War II are still increasing rather than declining, on the Internet and in the media. A need for additional first-hand, reliable information - as basis for objective argumentation - still exists. One witness, now 73 years old, who experienced the end of World War II, is Armin D. Lehmann. At the age of 16 he was a member of one of the Hitler Youth Volkssturm (home defence) units who, against all odds, survived. In Berlin. In the 'Zitadelle' where Hitler's bunker was located. Lehmann shares with us a lot of background-knowledge, explaining why it all could have happened. He puts focus on the question why Germany's youth of that time turned into the last and most determined defenders of an already beaten regime. He admits that he was ready to die for Hitler (and he almost did) and directs our attention to many a Hitler Youth unit, sacrificed during the very last days in the battle of Berlin. As far as I am familiar with the relevant literature this is the first biography from a former Hitler Youth leader whose compelling honesty answers questions straight forward without making any excuses. 'Hitler's Last Courier' is full of details, not boring details but compelling details. As a German and a Berliner, had I been born decades earlier, might have had to fight on Lehmann's side. The building of the former Party Chancellery still exists and knowing the location where the bunker was, enabled me to trace Lehmann's run's, crossing Wilhelmstrasse with some of Hitler's last orders. Compelling, fascinating and captivating! For all interested in historical literature: a highly recommendable book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Born in Germany, Armin Lehmann was four years old when Hitler came to power. In the impressionable years of childhood he was indoctrinated with the principles and goals of Nazi socialism ¿ at home by his father, at school by his teachers. His friends parroted the messages and his beloved radio was the main purveyor of the doctrines of Hitler. As I read this book, I remembered my own childhood during WWII. Growing up in California, learning hatred for the Japanese and Germans and blind patriotism for the USA. It never occurred to me to doubt or question just as it did not occur to Armin. He was a child and had no basis for comparison with what he was being told. When his lessons in courtesy and respect taught him to assist an elderly, blind Jewish woman across the street, an older teen beat him up to teach him a greater lesson about consorting with Jews. By age sixteen as the war drew to a close, he was compelled to be a soldier in the Hitler Jugend (Hitler Youth). Wounded during his first engagement, he was assigned the role of courier for Artur Axmann (leader of the Hitler Jugend and, at the end of the war, commander of the Hitler Youth Home Defense Force which included a close-combat tank destruction brigade named after him). Axmann took refuge in the cellars of the Party Chancellery in Berlin and Armin came with him ¿ one of the last couriers of the Third Reich. He, like the other children bearing messages directly in the line of fire, was frequently wounded. Unlike most of the others, he survived. Armin not only carried messages but assisted in the Infirmary with the wounded and in searching out supplies. When possible, he helped carry the bodies of the fallen back where they could be buried. It was also his role to take messages to Hitler, Bormann, Goebbels and others sheltered in the Fuehrerbunker. In the final days, he and Axmann also moved into the Fuehrerbunker where Armin witnessed the events surrounding the wedding and the suicide of the leader that he had so admired and followed. As I saw Hitler from Armin¿s eyes I realized what a pathetic, though evil, person he was. I was struck by the kindness Eva Braun showed to the exhausted young boy. What would lead a woman like this to marry a man like Hitler ¿ to go to death with him? This was a fascinating book because of the insight into the day-to-day life of a soldier in war, the molding of a young mind to believe things that were terribly wrong, the horror and tragedy of war for men, women, children and animals, the final days of men whose names after 60 years still send chills, and as a powerful reminder of the importance of a democracy, a free press and an open society.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Armin Lehmann's own story is of a sensitive German boy caught up in the deadly course of a hopless war in which he, nevertheless, agreed from an entire lifetime of Hitler conditioning. We watch with awe as the child grows into a young man without the aid of hindsight, he blind to all the truths of Hitler's tortured time in history; and, because we know the ending and many of the reasons for what he does, the suspense is the greater and the empathy. A well crafted autobiography and an important document of the time it portrays. This one is a keeper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of those page-turners that leaves you reflecting on it long after you reach the back cover. The endnotes, themselves, are a treasure trove of detail I've never seen in history books. What opened my eyes was the image of this boy drowning in a sea of propaganda without ever suspecting it. Then the war ended suddenly (and unexpectedly, for 'believers' like the young author) and Germans looked around in disbelief. For someone like myself who grew up in the US during those years this book was a view of the 'enemy' I never thought existed. The book will make a great gift for all ages - especially grandchildren.