Rochus Misch, The Last of Hitler's Bodyguards, Dead at Age 96

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    Rochus Misch, The Last of Hitler's Bodyguards, Dead at Age 96

    Hitler bodyguard Rochus Misch, last witness to Fuehrer's final hours, dies at 96 | Fox News

    Misch was in the bunker until the end. What a surreal environment the last week must have been. History is quickly closing the chapter on WWII; the last who fought on all sides will soon be gone.

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    This was an interesting read. I like history.

    The guy had nothing but good to say about Adolph but we all know many people idolized the man even in the face of the terror he was generating. Hitler had that affect upon many of the people who supported him, sad to say. He could probably have stepped on a litter of puppies and the support people would be praising him.

    I think the old man was living in a bit of denial over the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" and perhaps knew that Jews were being exterminated but could not bring himself to admit to it. Hitler, while never personally doing the extermination, certainly was not stopping it and had encouraged the practice. Misch chose to deny anything wrong about Hitler. That is the sadness to all of it.
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    This is the very thing that is wrong with "Sheeple" alot of people turned thier backs perhaps they lived better lifes being close to Hitler . Or maybe they agreed with the policies of killing . This man had to know what was going on . I do not believe anyone will loss any sleep with his death .

    And on a second note it is said Charles Mansion did not kill anyone but look where he is . He should have been put down years ago and so should his followers .
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    It is unlikely that Misch had any real knowledge of what was happening outside of his immediate area with respect to the Jews, etc. Remember, this was a day long before television. All radio and newspaper content was very tightly controlled. Propaganda ruled. The average German, and the average German soldier, truly had no clue what was happening in the big picture. It is not surprising at all that Misch, in his late teens when the turmoil began and only about 22 when selected to be one of Hitler's bodyguards, idolized the man. Nearly all Germans did. If you are not a student of what caused the conditions under which someone like Hitler could rise to power, and ultimately lead to WWII, a full understanding of the idolization isn't possible. For the German of 1935-43, Adolf Hitler was a God.....and should have been. May Misch RIP.

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    It's easy enough to despise men like this for their support of such an evil regime, and we should hold them morally accountable. However, the most important history lesson we need to take away here is how easy it is to overlook evil when we think it's in the service of some greater good.

    This is a common enough attitude in America as well. Fascism is generally reviled here, as it should be; our weakness is Communism. Talk to the average college student - or professor - and as much as they hate Hitler, they won't have a bad thing to say about Stalin, Mao, Castro, or Pol Pot, who were every bit as evil. Some students won't even know who they were, while those who do and the profs are disgustingly sympathetic to them.

    Until we get serious about it and root such scum out of our own educational system, I have to take the popular hatred of Nazis with a grain of salt. Lesson not yet learned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwell97 View Post
    It's easy enough to despise men like this for their support of such an evil regime, and we should hold them morally accountable. However, the most important history lesson we need to take away here is how easy it is to overlook evil when we think it's in the service of some greater good.

    This is a common enough attitude in America as well. Fascism is generally reviled here, as it should be; our weakness is Communism. Talk to the average college student - or professor - and as much as they hate Hitler, they won't have a bad thing to say about Stalin, Mao, Castro, or Pol Pot, who were every bit as evil. Some students won't even know who they were, while those who do and the profs are disgustingly sympathetic to them.

    Until we get serious about it and root such scum out of our own educational system, I have to take the popular hatred of Nazis with a grain of salt. Lesson not yet learned.
    Very well said. Charismatic leaders are the most dangerous because they can convince good people to do terrible things for "the cause", whatever that might be.
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    I find it striking, that apparantly quite many significant SS-Veterans reach a very high age, as did Rochus Misch.
    That speaks for itself!
    In my close neighbourhood there lives a 87 year old german SS-Veteran from the SS-Panzerdivision Wiking. He still
    rides around on his mountain-bike like a youngling. I heard Rochus Misch answer on questions about his time
    in the Führerbunker. He makes an authentic and honorable impression on me - his answers and bodylanguage
    match with each other!

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    The Meeting:

    Misch aside for the moment, Himmler had a meeting with the high-flyers in the SS, revealing in detail the extermination of the Jews including children. This was a psychological master-stroke, for it left them accomplices to an act they suspected but could never accept they were participating in. Now they knew and knew what they were doing and were intensely uncomfortable hearing it - and trapped - for they also knew they would be continuing to do it.

    Somewhere on YouTube is the actual film of the speech, but here is the audio and translation. Chilling. Absolutely.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a_cmbi3iIg

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