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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.
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. 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 instancessuch as with the Stauffenberg bomb plot of July 1944Linge 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.
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About the Author
Heinz Linge was born in Bremen, Germany in March 1913. He worked as Hitler’s valet until the Führer shot himself in 1945. He was arrested by the Red Army, which interrogated him about the circumstances of Hitler’s death. Linge was released from Soviet captivity in 1955. He died in Bremen in March 1980.
Roger Moorhouse is a leading expert on the Third Reich and is the author of Killing Hitler: The Third Reich and the Plots against the Führer.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii
Introduction Roger Moorhouse ix
Author's Introduction 1
1 I Join Hitler's Staff: Elser, the Admired Assassin 10
2 Hitler the Architect 20
3 Hitler on Diet and the Evils of Smoking 34
4 Eva Braun, the Question of Sexual Morality, and Equestrian Pursuits 39
5 The Berghof 55
6 The Reich Chancellery, Bayreuth, the Aristocracy and Protocol 61
7 Hitler's Speeches and the Problem of Göring 73
8 Goebbels - The Giant in a Dwarf's Body 81
9 Himmler and Bormann 87
10 Hess's Mysterious Mission - Was Hitler Behind It? 96
11 Other Leading Personalities and the Eternal Stomach Problem 102
12 Resolving the Polish Question: September 1939 113
13 The Phoney War 127
14 The Invasion in the West 1940 135
15 The Assassination Attempt of 1944 and Its Aftermath 153
16 1945 - The Last Months of the Third Reich: Reflections on Russia 174
17 Hitler's Suicide 197
18 I Flee the Reich Chancellery. Russian Captivity 209