Undated picture of Rochus Misch who served as Adolf Hitler's bodyguard from 1939 until 1945. Mr. Misch was in Hitler's bunker in April 1945 when the Fuhrer committed suicide. Rochus Misch died on September 5, 2013 at the age of 96.
Rochus Misch, who died on Sept 5, 2013 in Germany at age 96, was the last surviving Hitler bodyguard who witnessed the last moments of the dictator. Misch was in the Berlin bunker when Hitler shot himself and was operating the switchboard. He spent 8 years in Soviet captivity and returned to Germany in 1953.His memoir in German, Der letzte Zeuge (The Last Witness), was published in 2008.
Rochus Misch (born 29 July 1917 in Alt Schalkowitz near Oppeln, Upper Silesia) is a former Oberscharführer (senior squad leader) in the 1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler during World War II. He served as a courier, bodyguard and telephone operator for German leader Adolf Hitler from 1940 to 1945. As of 2012, aged 95, he is the last living survivor of the occupants of the Führerbunker in the final days of the war in Europe.