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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books (16 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848325444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848325449
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The scariest thing about [With Hitler to the End is its] 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

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Neutral VINE VOICE on 12 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
The title of this book is complete in itself. Heinz Linge, appointed by Hitler as his valet in 1935, was still there a decade later when the Nazi dictator committed suicide. He helped carry the body out of the bunker, doused it with petrol and set it alight. Contrary to some reports Linge never doubted "Hitler's genius would see us through". However, his commitment was not that of a fanatical Nazi. His chosen role was that of servant to master, not slave to ideology. The only concept to him as an SS officer was "that whatever the circumstances the flag had to be kept flying." After his capture by the Russians, who were convinced Hitler had escaped, he was beaten, tried and sentenced to twenty five years imprisonment before being released in 1955,

Linge's picture of Hitler is in stark contrast to that of the fanatical leader. Although Linge paints Hitler as having a will of iron which downed the strongest challenger to his own ideas he also shows a lighter and more complex side of his personality. Hitler believed he was destined to fulfill the role for which "Providence" had selected him. As none of the attempts on his life succeeded the more that were made the more Hitler became convinced he was invulnerable. Hitler tried to keep his private life private and was tolerant of others' sexual behaviour as long as it did not interfere with the affairs of State as it did when Goebbels became infatuated with the Czech film star Lida Baarova. Hitler insisted the affair must end.

Linge admits Hitler was full of contradictions. "He might show the most fatherly concern for a female secretary who had stubbed her toe but be utterly ice-cold when issuing orders which sent thousands to their deaths".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Westwood on 6 Nov 2009
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This is not like the thousands of books published by various 'experts' and 'historians', although there are some extremely good books published. This is from someone who was probably closer to Hitler than anyone alive when it was written. There are numerous snippets of very enlightening conversations that took place.With Hitler to the End: The Memoir of Hitler's Valet
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 11 Nov 2009
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I really enjoyed this book. It is a fascinating account of the Thrid Reich, from the inside by someone, who was closer to Hitler - arguably - than even Eva Braun. It is enlightening and fascinating, and presents a chilling view of Hitler as a very ordinary man, a pleasant boss, a kisser of ladies' hands.

With an interesting introduction by historian Roger Moorhouse, it is well worth the entrance fee.
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By Iain on 10 April 2014
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This is one of four books that I have read. Two by Hitler's secretaries, one by his driver and now this one by his valet. Very well written and the truth from someone who really was there and witnessed it all. This is the icing on the cake. Well worth reading.
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First of all, this is not a book to read if you are looking for a biographical account of Hitler's life. This is simply an account of Hitler's private character as given by a man who obviously loved the Fuhrer. Academically, this book has little to offer. However, it does give a human face to one of the world's most notorious mass murderers. It does leave one wondering how a man who could be so forgiving of the failures of those close to him, who could be so humble in certain circumstances and who could have such a dry sense of humour and wit, but who could also be at the same time so ruthless and evil.

The book is full of very interesting and humorous anecdotes. Like the one where Linge caught the Fuhrer in his dressing gown battling in the dark with a chair to change his own light bulb. Or the laugh out loud occasion when Linge accidently put a call through to the Fuhrer of a junior NCO who did not believe he was talking to the real Hitler and accused the 'impersonator' of being a hilarious madman and nutter. Hilter listened impassively, put the phone down and turned to Linge declaring, "That was just someone else who thinks I've gone mad!".

A very funny and interesting account, if a little short. I managed to read it in one day.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By eddiespangle on 29 Oct 2009
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Heinz Linge was appointed by Hitler as his valet in 1935 he witnessed the rise and fall of the Third Reich before carrying out his last duty in 1945 to dispose of his master's body. Trite details of Hitler's life are juxtaposed with the war to give an intimate insight into a monster's life. Linge, though not a fanatical Nazi, never doubted Hitler's ability to win the war and remained loyal to him until the end. With Hitler to the End gives incredible insight for anyone wanting to understand the twentieth century's most pivotal character.
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