Sorry, nothing original again: ‘Nazi survivor tells of Hitler bunker horror’

September 4, 2009

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/858178/nazi-survivor-tells-of-hitler-bunker-horror

Nazi survivor tells of Hitler bunker horror
10:30 AEST Fri Sep 4 2009
1 hour 25 minutes ago
ninemsn staff

The last remaining survivor of Adolf Hitler’s suicide bunker has given a matter-of-fact account of watching children fed fatal doses of poison and seeing the Nazi leader’s lifeless body wrapped in a blanket.

Rochus Misch, 92, was working as a telephone operator at the secret Berlin bunker where Hitler retreated during the final days of World War II.

He is now the only surviving person who was inside the bunker on April 30, 1945, the day Hitler and his wife Eva Braun committed suicide by gunshot and cyanide poisoning.

“[The others in the bunker] heard a gunshot, but I hadn’t,” he told the BBC.

“At that moment Martin Bormann, Hitler’s private secretary, ordered everyone to be silent.

“I was speaking on the telephone and I made sure I talked louder on purpose because I wanted to hear something … I didn’t want it to feel like we were in a death bunker.”

Mr Misch said he would never forget the moment when Mr Bormann opened the door to Hitler’s room.

“I saw Hitler slumped with his head on the table … Eva Braun was lying on the sofa, with her head towards him,” he said.

“Her knees were drawn tightly up to her chest, she was wearing a dark blue dress with white frills.”

Mr Misch had worked for Hitler as a bodyguard, courier and telephone operator for five years and was part of his inner circle.

He said he watched as his colleagues wrapped Hitler’s body up and carried him passed to be cremated.

The next day six children of Joseph Goebbels — Hitler’s successor — were drugged and murdered by their mother Magda in the bunker.

“The kids were right next to me and behind me … we all knew what was going to happen.

“I saw Hitler’s doctor, Dr Stumpfegger, give the children something to drink — Some kind of sugary drink.

“Then Stumpfegger went and helped to kill them, all of us knew what was going on.

“An hour or two later, Mrs Goebbels came out crying.”

Joseph Goebbels and his wife both committed suicide shortly afterwards.

Mr Misch fled the bunker hours before it was captured by Soviet troops, but he was later captured and spent nine years in labour camps.

He told the BBC that while he was working for Hitler he did not know the full extent of the horrors being carried out by the Nazi regime.

“I knew about Dachau camp and about concentration camps in general,” he said.

“But I had no idea of the scale. It wasn’t part of our conversations.

“You must remember there was never a war when crimes weren’t committed, and there never will be.”

© AAP 2009

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