Obit of the Day: Hitler’s Bodyguard
Rochus Misch was recuperating from injuries received during the German invasion of Poland in 1939 when Adolf Hitler’s office called looking for a reliable man to serve as a member of the Fuhrer’s bodyguard. Mr. Misch was selected.
Mr. Misch would stay at Hitler’s side through the Nazi leader’s very last days in a bunker in Germany. Mr. Misch told the story of Magda Goebbels poisoning her six children before she and her husband Joseph committed suicide. After the Fuhrer and his mistress, Eva Braun, killed themselves Mr. Misch fled before being captured by the Soviets.
Mr. Misch was tortured under Stalin, who refused to believe that Hitler was dead, and tried to glean the “truth” from survivors of the bunker. He would remain in custody for nine years, finally returning to Berlin in 1954.
For the next thirty years Mr. Misch would run a wallpaper and paint store.
In 2005 Mr. Misch would have a chance to return to the spotlight with the release of the film Die Untergang (Downfall, 2006) which focused on those final days. During interviews Mr. Misch would speak proudly of his time calling him a “wonderful boss” who was “no brute….no monster.”
Rochus Misch died on September 5, 2013 at the age of 96.
(Undated image of Rochus Misch, probably taken after he was named to Hitler’s bodyguard, is courtesy of the Rochus Misch website - in German - which focuses on Mr. Misch’s memoir.)
Maybe of interest to you as well is OOTD’s post on Stalin’s daughter who died in 2001.