With Hitler to the End: The Memoir of Hitler's Valet

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With Hitler to the End: The Memoir of Hitler's Valet

Format:  Hardcover,

224 pages

Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services

Publish Date: Sep 2009

ISBN-13: 9781602398047

ISBN-10: 1602398046

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Heinz Linge worked with Adolf Hitler for a ten-year period from 1935 until the Fuhrer 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. He claims that only Eva Braun stood closer to Hitler over these years.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. In fact, Linge believed Hitler s closest companion was his dog Blondi. 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 instances such as with the Stauffenberg bomb plot of July 1944 Linge 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.


Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Publish Date: Sep 2009
ISBN-13: 9781602398047
ISBN-10: 1602398046
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.04
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.75 x 1.25


Review by Library Journal (2009-09-01)

There is something creepy yet fascinating about these two memoirs by individuals who spent years working daily with Adolf Hitler. Schroeder began her association with Hitler in 1933, serving as one of his personal secretaries, while Linge became Hitler's valet in 1939. Nearly every day for years, they saw Hitler up close and personal, observing his quirks, charms, rages, brooding silences, unpredictability, and very strange work habits, which usually consisted of staying up most of the night and then sleeping into the late morning and not being functional until later in the day.

Neither seems to have known much about the darkest side of Hitler's ambitions as he set about killing millions and destroying much of Europe-Schroeder declares no interest in politics. Instead, the reader is hooked into Hitler's seeming ordinariness, as the Fuhrer takes his daily afternoon tea while chatting with his secretaries about art, language, and movies. Linge, who was with Hitler to the very end, supposedly helping to burn his body, also provides accounts of those who surrounded Hitler (he seems to have liked Goebbels quite a bit). For German-reading scholars of Hitler and Nazism, this is all old news, since Linge's memoirs were originally published in 1980 and Schroeder's in 1985. The rest of us can now contemplate the remarkable picture that these books offer.

Verdict: The scariest thing about these books is their showing that Hitler could be quite charming-a seemingly regular guy, or at least as regular as anyone who killed millions could ever be. Of interest to anyone seeking more insight into the everyday life of one of history's monsters.

-Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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