Hitler's last bodyguard gives up on fan mail

BERLIN Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:09pm IST

Rochus Misch, who worked as a courier, bodyguard and telephone operator for former German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Berlin August 8, 2007. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz/Files

Rochus Misch, who worked as a courier, bodyguard and telephone operator for former German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Berlin August 8, 2007.

Credit: Reuters/Tobias Schwarz/Files

BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - More than 65 years after World War Two, Adolf Hitler's last surviving bodyguard says that he can no longer respond to the continuous deluge of fan mail he receives from around the world because of his advanced age.

Rochus Misch is 93 and uses a walking frame to move around his apartment. He told the Berliner Kurier tabloid that, with most of the letters he receives asking for autographs, it was "no longer possible" to reply because of his age.

"They (letters) come from Korea, from Knoxville, Tennessee, from Finland and Iceland -- and not one has a bad word to say," said Misch, who is believed to be the last man alive to have seen Hitler and other top-ranking Nazis in the flesh.

In the past Misch used to send fans autographed copies of wartime photos of himself in a neatly pressed SS uniform. Now the incoming fan mail, including letters and packages, piles up in his flat in south Berlin's leafy Rudow neighbourhood.

Misch also served as Hitler's telephone operator and courier. His memoirs, "The Last Witness", were published in 2008 in Germany and are in the works to become a feature film.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey, editing by Paul Casciato

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Comments (3)
David_SD wrote:
Strange that he would receive fan mail, but here’s a lesson to remember: No one younger than 84 years old has any guilt for WWII.

Jan 27, 2011 11:51pm IST  --  Report as abuse
Nanjing03 wrote:
This man is obviously one of the few remaining windows of history in that deadliest and most epic of all struggles. Being one of Adolf Hitler’s staff, even a young bodyguard in his early 20s, Mr. Misch would have known the personal feelings and concerns of the Nazi high command during his tenure with them. For the sake of history, I hope he was well interviewed from an objective standpoint.

Jan 27, 2011 12:34am IST  --  Report as abuse
Lt.Marchenko wrote:
It has been argued that Hitler did not rise to power without the common fears of Germany as to what was going on next door in Eastern Europe across Poland, and in Ukraine in 1932-1933, where Stalin insisted on starving over 10 million Ukrainians to death in order to begin building his Empire, to rival that of Genghis Kahn! It is said that Hitler foresaw Germany’s War with Russia, and gave a speech explaining what a great evil Communism was to the world, and how Germany must strengthen itself against such evils so close, to the Fatherland! If it were possible, I and possibly many would like to know from this man, what he heard in conversations between Germany’s leadership in opinion and response to the Haulocast of Ukrainians by Stalin, in 1932-1933. What were his and others of German peoples opinion on Stalin’s holocaust of Ukrainians? And were the feelings of Germany, clearly and well expressed in the speech, which Hitler gave, marking Communism as a great evil and future enemy of Germany?

Jan 27, 2011 5:13am IST  --  Report as abuse
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