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

Heinz Linge , Roger Moorhouse
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16 July 2009
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. Through a host of anecdotes and observations, Linge recounts the daily routine in Hitler's household; his eating habits, his foibles, his preferences, his sense of humour 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 the period of his service, and the latter's fading health from around 1942. 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 Hitler is not blindly uncritical, but it is nonetheless affectionate. The Hitler that emerges is a multifaceted individual: unpredictable and demanding, but not of an otherwise unpleasant nature.Currently ranked No.1 on Amazon.co.uk forWorld War II Biographies and Memoirs

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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: 470,205 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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4.0 out of 5 stars To The Bitter End 12 Oct 2009
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual account of the 3rd Reich 6 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of Hitler, up close... 11 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The very best service at an excellant price. 16 April 2014
By MR P.
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My book 'With Hitler to the End' reached me in perfect condition and at a the best price. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 April 2014
By Iain
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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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