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5.0 out of 5 stars Crammed with eyewitness evidence!, 29 Oct. 2011
Roger Clark (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Last Days of Hitler: The Legends, the Evidence, the Truth (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) (Paperback)
This is a good book crammed with eyewitness evidence in direct quotations. It was used as a source by the acclaimed historian Ian Kershaw when writing his biography of Hitler.

And no wonder! The author deals head on with the controversies surrounding Hitler's death - especially the more colourful stories that beguile the credulous.

Chapter One is entitled - "Legends, Lies and Half-Truths." ... The author tells us people have an 'insatiable lust' for fanciful stories told by unreliable witnesses. 'This applies particularly to Hitler's exit from the world stage in April 1945.'

So, in over 300 pages, he presents his evidence, carefully sifting false theories and assessing the validity of witnesses.

Of course, he discovers many inconsistencies. What do you expect in Berlin at the end of the war? Bombs and shells were raining down. The city was about to be seized by the Russian enemy.

But, the author remarks, 'There were witnesses to Hitler's death and cremation of his body, and these witnesses were interrogated in the West.' In addition, the Soviets spirited away two witnesses to Stalin's Russia where they were imprisonned for ten years, tortured and interrogated. They suppplied the same evidence as those in the West and eventually the Russians arrived at the same conclusions as the Western Allies. In other words the Soviet and Western accounts support each other even if details differ.

Once the smoke has cleared one thing emerges loud and clear. Adolf Hitler and his new bride Eva Braun died in the Berlin bunker of 30 April 1945. Stories that their deaths were faked, or they ran away to South America, or were hiding out with Martin Bormann in Tibet, or whatever, are scotched. Hitler, says the author, 'committed suicide on 30 April 1945.'

The author confirms the findings of the British intelligence officer and historian, Hugh Trevor-Roper, published in his famous book "The Last Days of Hitler".

And you can read the Russian side in "The Hitler Book - the Secret Dossier Prepared for Stalin" edited by Henrik Eberle and Matthias Uhl.

Otherwise, look at any biography of Hitler written by a major historian. They all say the same:- Hitler died in the Berlin bunker of 30 April 1945.

Other suggestions are fantasies and can be discounted. Avoid wasting your time on them. The book is grim, but highly readable

One quibble. Why did the publishers give this book the same title as Trevor-Roper's book? It only causes confusion. There was nothing wrong with the German title "Hitler's End".

I am also puzzled as to why, when this book has been in print for years, I am the first person to review it on this site. Perhaps the author was right. Fantasies attract more interest and more generate publicity than truth.
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