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I Was Hitler's Pilot: The Memoirs of Hans Baur by [Baur, Hans]
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HANS BAUR joined the German Air Force during WWI. After the war he flew commercial airlines before becoming Hitler's personal pilot. Hitler's last order to Baur was to fly Martin Bormann out of Berlin, but during their escape attempt Baur was captured by the Russians. For ten years the Russians questioned him, suspecting that he had flown Hitler to safety before the fall of Berlin. After his release in 1955 Baur returned to Germany.

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  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books (19 April 2013)
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  • Language: English
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This version somehow does not read as well as the original eduition in the blue dust jacket with the title "Hitler at My Side also offered by Amazon.

Perhaps this version has fallen victim to the censorship of Political Correctness but the original first edition is a far better read and I regularly see it on Amazon for less than the current list price of this edition which to my mind is an inferior product.
Best to stick with the original and best 1st edition.
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The first edition of this book called "Hitler at my Side" and sold by Amazon is a far superior product to this edition.

The small things like the original having a nice quality paper and a ribbon book mark. The price difference is more than offset by the superior product your buying.

Hitler At My Side
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These "memoirs" from Hans Baur are uneven at best, often seeming to consist more of a fairly disjointed series of anecdotes rather than a coherent narrative, with various odd historical inaccuracies (eg placing Rudolf Hess in a Me 210 for his flight to Scotland) and a lumpy English text that bears signs of having been done by a computer programme rather than a competent translator, still less one with even a basic grounding in avaiation.

That said, it is not without value, shedding some light on events like the death of Fritz Todt, which is sometimes held to be a case of sabotage. Baur, rather more convincingly suggests it was an accident, albeit rather an odd and unlucky one. There are also some interesting glimpses of what life was for one of Hitlers retinue, with vignettes of various prominent figures in the regime.

The Baur portrayed here emerges as an odd and contradictory figure: obviously a man of considerable intelligence and skill (how else could he have been such a notable pilot?), but also, if we are to go by this book, a strangely unobservant and naive figure, seemingly blind to the nature of the master and the government that he served.

All things considered, this is not a particularly satisfying or well written book, but it does shed some light on a few odd topics not much covered by other works, and this is where its appeal lies. After all, how many other books are there by former Condor pilots?
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An interesting book about a man who spent a lot of time in the company of Hitler as his pilot,and as such probably came to know him better than many other people.
The book has some fascinating insights,not only about Hitler but also after Baur was wounded and captured by the Russians.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aaa3bf4) out of 5 stars Hans Baur - Hitlers Pilot 29 May 2013
By MLR13000 - Published on Amazon.com
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Hans Baur became an indispensable part of Hitlers retinue after he gained Hitlers trust as a pilot. From that point on, Hitler would not fly with another pilot, so Baur flew him everywhere he went. Hitler has been given credit for being one of the first politicians to use a plane to go on campaign runs. Baur of course took him on these stops. The book has some interesting stories about his relationship to Hitler and his role as pilot and friend. He rarely mentions negative things about Hitler. Never mentions the Holocaust, or the killing of innocent people in the countries he flew Hitler to. He claims Hitler did not discuss these things with him. While the world looks upon Hitler as a monster, Baur is grateful to Hitler for his role and station in life that he achieved during the reign of Hitler and the Nazi Party. The book doesn't really become serious until Baur is captured by the Soviet Union at the end of the war. He was one of the last to leave the bunker with Bormann and others that staid behind with Hitler to the bitter end. After he is captured, the Soviets are sure he has flown Hitler to a hiding spot somewhere, and constantly ask him where Hitler was for five years. He is torture and put through questioning for years. Baur, the swashbuckling pilot endures this treatment and pain until he is released in the 1950's. This book is a short afternoon read if you are like many people who are curious about who the real Hitler was, you will be disappointed. I really do not think you will get that from this book either. Enjoy if for what it is, a collection of stories, or reminiscences of a pilot who had some interesting tales about the war. His relationship with Hitler was more along the lines of buddies who like to travel together. I believe Baur simply did his job, and at the end, stayed loyal to his friend.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aaa34f8) out of 5 stars Rating Based On My Interest Level 18 Jun. 2013
By Bill Emblom - Published on Amazon.com
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This book reviews the years Hans Baur served as Adolph Hitler's pilot prior to and during World War II. Baur served as a pilot for Germany in World War I and emphasizes he was not politically involved with Nazi Germany. Baur was recommended to Hitler as one who could be loyal to and trusted by Hitler to fly him from city to city as Hitler spread his plans for Germany to take the country out of the grip of The Treaty of Versailles. Baur was also responsible for flying Hitler's underlings such as Joachim von Ribbentrop to their appointments with other leaders as well.

Following the overthrow of Nazi Germany Baur was taken captive by the Russians and keep as a prisoner of war for approximately ten years. He was repeatedly tortured by the Russians regarding information he may have had regarding whether or not Hitler died in his bunker.

Baur does provide us with a viewpoint of Hitler towards others that is different than what we have been accustomed to read. I found the book to be an okay read and if you are really into reading about Nazi Germany then this book will give you a viewpoint from one of Hitler's intimate friends.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aaa34bc) out of 5 stars Hitler's Pilot -- And His Friend 6 Aug. 2014
By Arnold E. Bjorn - Published on Amazon.com
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Major General Hans Baur lived a long and interesting life. In World War I he was a military pilot, in the 1920s a European aviation pioneer. Of chief interest to most readers, however, will surely be his decade-and-a-half in the service of the Third Reich. Baur was Adolf Hitler's chief pilot almost throughout the dictator's airborne career, and as a member of Hitler's entourage and personally on friendly terms with him -- He also knew Eva Braun, which relatively few even among the high-ranking Nazis did -- he has many stories to tell.

There is relatively little political or grand-strategic military matter in here. Baur's viewpoint is primarily an intimate, low-level one, which eschews the big picture for a small but detailed drawing of what one man perceived with his own eyes and ears. He goes about his task by means of anecdotes -- Sometimes humorous, sometime very serious, always interesting. There is no effort at deep analysis, and only a rather weak overall synthesis; the facts are generally given by themselves, allowing the reader to draw his own conclusions. This mode of presentation, though a trifle disorganized, is surprisingly successful: A wealth of little windows into life at the Führer Headquarters, naturally with a large amount of attention devoted to the famously infamous dictator himself. Baur presents him largely as an individual rather than the dark messiah of Germany, as a man he knew, liked and even admired, and helps us understand why he -- And so many others -- did so.

Hitler, as Baur knew him, was no capricious Caligula; our author records no acts of personal cruelty from him, but many of spontaneous kindness. He was, as best as anyone could tell Baur, entirely faithful to his Eva, though he did not lack opportunities for casual affairs. Nor was he stupid; on the contrary, Baur shows a learned and articulate man who could argue intelligently with professors and generals as well as workers and soldiers. His sense for music is vividly illustrated by the following incident, which greatly impressed our chronicler:

"One evening ... Dr Hanfstaengl came in and told him that he had now finished a march 'The German Föhn' which he had been composing, and was ready to play it for him. With Hitler's agreement, therefore, Hanfstaengl sat down at the grand piano and played us his march ... Hitler, who had listened very carefully, asked Hanfstangl to play it again. Then Hitler whistled the whole thing through from beginning to end, pointing out this and that to Hanfstaengl, telling him where he would like it altered, and so on." (pp. 48-9)

Needless to say, this is a very rare degree of talent. Hitler, a musical prodigy? Not what we might expect to hear, but several other witnesses also tell of similar incidents, so I am prepared to believe Baur. Such startling impressions are among the chief points of interest in his book, as they enhance our understanding of the greatest and darkest of the enigmas of the Third Reich: Hitler himself. (Not that Baur's own story is not interesting in its own right, of course.)

In the end, with Berlin being blown to pieces around them by the Soviet artillery, Hitler somewhat emotionally released his chief pilot from his service; shortly thereafter he committed suicide. Baur then attempted to flee, but was injured and caught by the victorious Russians. Then followed long years of brutal captivity: Because he was a valuable source of intelligence on Hitler, the author was relentlessly interrogated, and tortured by the commissars when he did not say what they wanted to hear. His sufferings were such that he tried to take his own life; when he refused to eat, he was force-fed in a nightmarish manner. These chapters, obviously enough, are not for the faint of heart.

Eventually his captors tired of him, and he was released from his special prison to an "ordinary" gulag for German POWs. There he remained until 1955, when changing political conditions allowed him to go home at last, and tell a fantastic story which might easily never have been told.

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In the end, this is an excellent item in the somewhat expansive library of memoirs by old Hitler associates. Its main flaw is that the publisher cut most of what Baur originally intended to tell the world; this edition comprises about a third of Baur's original manuscript. It strains the imagination to suppose that the rest was all repetition and filler, so undoubtedly much was lost before seeing print. But what remains is mostly first-rate material. Enjoy!

(For the best memoir of all by a Hitler associate, see also "The Hitler I Knew" by the dictator's press chief, Doctor Otto Dietrich, recently reissued by Skyhorse Publishing. This brilliant book provides precisely the integrated overall portrait of Hitler which Baur's priceless but disjointed anecdotes alone cannot.)
HASH(0x9aac58ac) out of 5 stars Very interesting, indeed!! 29 Jan. 2016
By Antonio Luis Sapienza - Published on Amazon.com
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A very nice account of a person who was very close to Adolf Hitler, but not involved in any war crimes. Hans Baur was a WWI veteran and then a commercial pilot in the Deutsches Luft Hansa in the 1920s and 1930s. He was then hired by Hitler for its political campaign in the early 30s and since then became his pilot until 1945. Captured by the Soviets in May 1945, Baur was kept in captivity for more than 10 years, returning to Germany in 1955. Very interesting reading, and highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aac551c) out of 5 stars What A Story ! 11 Sept. 2014
By Melkonjian - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent read for anyone one who wishes to further round out their knowledge of this era, or for anyone generally interested in the period and personalities. I was especially engrossed in the events and Baurs travail during his Soviet captivity and eventual release. There is little available concerning the experiences of Germans who endured and survived as POWs.
My only disappointment is that this book could have been twice as long as I'm sure that there was more than enough room for further facts, insights, and details of Baurs life from his first flight with the Fuhrer until the end of his captivity. It would also be interesting to know about his life and impressions of his country in postwar Germany.
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