Hitler's last bodyguard gives up on fan mail

BERLIN Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:03pm EST

Rochus Misch, who worked as a courier, bodyguard and telephone operator for Adolf Hitler, during a 2007 interview with Reuters in Berlin, August 8, 2007. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

Rochus Misch, who worked as a courier, bodyguard and telephone operator for Adolf Hitler, during a 2007 interview with Reuters in Berlin, August 8, 2007.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - More than 65 years after World War Two, Adolf Hitler's last surviving bodyguard says that he can no longer respond to the continuous deluge of fan mail he receives from around the world, because of his advanced age.

Rochus Misch is 93 and uses a walking frame to move around his apartment. He told the Berliner Kurier tabloid that, with most of the letters he receives asking for autographs, it was "no longer possible" to reply because of his age.

"They (letters) come from Korea, from Knoxville, Tennessee, from Finland and Iceland -- and not one has a bad word to say," said Misch, who is believed to be the last man alive to have seen Hitler and other top-ranking Nazis in the flesh.

In the past Misch used to send fans autographed copies of wartime photos of himself in a neatly pressed SS uniform. Now the incoming fan mail, including letters and packages, piles up in his flat in south Berlin's leafy Rudow neighborhood.

Misch also served as Hitler's telephone operator and courier. His memoirs, "The Last Witness," were published in 2008 in Germany and are in the works to become a feature film.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey, editing by Paul Casciato

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Comments (5)
VeronicaLodge wrote:
What a huge loss for Ebay.

Jan 26, 2011 12:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
karlsefni wrote:
As Berlin was being overrun by Soviet forces in late April 1945, Hitler stated that National Socialism as a political movement was dead, but that it would return in one hundred years as a world religion. WE must keep ourselves healthy and fit for the struggle ahead and look forward to the day, thirty-four years hence, when we can be members of our own world religion.

Jan 27, 2011 5:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
elimandel wrote:
Who can explain why he has so many fans, and dares to send photos of himself in the dreaded SS uniform. Have people not learned anything from World War II and the Holocaust? This is disgusting!

Jan 27, 2011 8:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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