Hitler's bodyguard, Rochus Misch, the last remaining witness to the Nazi leader's final hours in his Berlin bunker, has died at age 96, remaining staunchly loyal to the very end, the Christian Science Monitor reported on Sept. 6.
SS Staff Sgt. Rochus Misch, Hitler’s devoted bodyguard died Thursday, still proud of his long career in the Nazi regime, still defending Hitler and stating that he “was not a monster.” A book by Hitler’s bodyguard, “The Last Witness,” will be posthumously published in English in October.
Oddly, Hitler’s bodyguard, who was with the Nazi leader for most of World War II and who later accompanied Hitler nearly everywhere, claimed to know nothing of the Holocaust and the orchestrated deaths of some 6 million Jews.
"That was never a topic," Hitler’s bodyguard said emphatically in an interview, according to the Denver Post. "Never."
Hitler’s bodyguard stuck with Hitler, a man he affectionately called "boss," until the dictator and his wife, Eva Braun, killed themselves as defeat at the hands of the Allies drew nearer.
In a forward to his book, Misch said that it was a different "reality" back then. The Hitler bodyguard said he never asked questions during what he considered just his "regular day at work."
Hitler’s bodyguard himself still looked like an SS man in his later years, reports said. Misch had a rigid posture, broad shoulders, neatly combed white hair — and no apologies for his close relationship with the most reviled man of the 20th century, the Post said.