“April 30th, 1945, 15 hours, 15 minutes in the afternoon. Shells and shrapnel rain down
ceaselessly on Berlin and raging firestorms give the impression of an hallucinating drama. The
Götterdämmerung, Twilight of the Gods. Within the Bunker, Adolf Hitler calls for the Chief-assistant of his personal service, SS Official Sturmbannführer Heinz Linge, and tells him he must
leave the scene.
Then Linge asks him:
“For whom must we fight now, Mein Führer?”
And Adolf Hitler replies:
“FOR THE MAN TO COME…”
From Heinz Lange’s book, Bis zum Untergang (Towards the Collapse)”
Early one morning upon returning from an ‘excursion’ and creeping past Hitler’s bedroom, I heard a sort of grinding noise within. It was so unusual that I entered. I gasped. Hitler was standing barefoot in his nightshirt attempting to change the light bulb in the ceiling, a procedure he found very difficult because of the nerve damage to his arm. I apologized and asked: 'Mein Führer, why did you not call me?’ He looked at me and replied: 'Should I wake you up just to change a light bulb? I can do it myself, as you can see.’ I helped him down from the table, which I then pushed back to its normal place. The grinding noise was thus explained. Hitler returned to bed and continued reading.
Just finished reading the memoirs of Hitler’s personal valet, Heinz Linge. Real interesting to find out what apparently was made up and what really happened, coming from a man who served Adolf Hitler for ten years and came closer to the Führer than almost no other person would.
During the last days in the bunker in Berlin, Linge recieved his final order from Hitler, which was to wrap his and Eva Braun’s bodies in gasoline drenched blankets and burn them after they committed suicide. Linge was captured by Russian soldiers on 2 May 1945 and was interrogated for several years and sentenced to 25 years of hard labor. He was released after five years, in 1955, and lived in Western Germany until his death in 1980.