|SS-Oberscharführer Rochus Misch|
ϟϟ-Oberscharführer der Waffen-SS Misch
SS-Oberscharführer Rochus Misch was born in Alt Schalkowitz in Oberschlesien on July 1917. In 1937, Misch joined the SS-Verfügungstruppe, the predecessor to the Waffen-SS. After being severely wounded during the Polish campaign in 1939 (shots in lung and arms) Misch was transferred to Adolf Hitler's SS Escort Command, Begleitkommando des Führers. He served as a courier, bodyguard and telephone operator for Hitler from 1940 to 1945. Misch fled the Führerbunker in Berlin on May 2 1945 only hours before the Soviets seized it. He was captured shortly thereafter by the communists. Misch was then tortured in an attempt to extract information regarding Hitler's exact fate. Misch spent nine (9) years in Soviet labor camps. He returned to Berlin after Christmas 1953, to his wife and daughter. Being the last living witness of Hitler's last days, Misch published his remarkable biography Der letzte Zeuge (The last witness) in 2008. As of 2013, aged 95, he is the last living survivor of the occupants of the Führerbunker in the final days of the war in Europe and the last known person alive to have known Hitler personally. Misch, who never held party membership, regularly receives visitors from the public who wish to speak to or interview him. Credit: Wikipedia. Image: Public domain.