Hitler's devoted bodyguard Rochus Misch dies at 96
BERLIN (AP) - Mr Rochus Misch, who served as Adolf Hitler's devoted bodyguard for most of World War II and was the last remaining witness to the Nazi leader's final hours in his Berlin bunker, has died. He was 96.
Mr Misch died on Thursday in Berlin after a short illness, Mr Burkhard Nachtigall, who helped him ghostwrite his 2008 memoir, told The Associated Press in an e-mail on Friday.
Mr Misch remained proud to the end about his years with Hitler, whom he affectionately called "boss". In a 2005 interview with The Associated Press, Mr Misch recalled Hitler as "a very normal man" and gave a riveting account of the German dictator's last days before he and his wife Eva Braun killed themselves as the Soviet Red Army closed in around their bunker in Berlin.
"He was no brute. He was no monster. He was no superman," Mr Misch said.