Author(s): Henrik Eberle
This is an astonishing eyewitness account of the life of Hitler, compiled for one man's eyes only: those of Joseph Stalin. On breaking open the Berlin Bunker on 2 May 1945, Soviet troops captured two of Adolf Hitler's closest associates: his personal valet, Heinz Linge, and his SS adjutant, Otto Guensche. The two men had just disposed of the bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun. On Stalin's orders they were questioned for two years, to produce this astonishing fly-on-the wall account of all they saw in Hitler's headquarters - where they had worked since 1933. It has been held in top-level Russian archives since 1949. The book contains remarkable insight into Hitler's daily life before and during the Second World War. Chilling, revealing and compellingly readable, it is one of the most authentic sources of information in existence on the history of the Third Reich, unique in the circumstances of its compilation and its closeness in time to the events described.
An astonishing eyewitness account of the life of Hitler, compiled for one man's eyes only: those of Joseph Stalin
'A unique insight into Hitler's life' -- Publishing News 20050708 'An amazing insight into Hitler's personal world ... An extraordinary historical document ... Something of a publishing event' -- Bookseller 20050812 'Fascinating' -- Simon Sebag-Montefiore 20051107 'Admirably readable' -- Literary Review, Evan Mawdsley 20051201 'A fascinating view of two tyrants at war for control of greater Europe' -- South China Morning Post 20051201 'The portrait that emerges is far more complex than the conventional one-dimensional picture of a monster' -- Sunday Times 20050320 'A groundbreaking historical document ... A remarkable insight into Hitler's daily life ... and one of the most authentic sources of information on the history of the Third Reich' -- Daily Telegraph 20050319 'Fascinating ... Captivating ... Full of curious snapshots of a man whose private persona has been shrouded in mystery' -- Guardian 20050321 'An astonishingly intimate portrait of the dictator' -- The Times 20050319 'A document of importance, which will from now on take its place in the sources for Hitler's life' -- Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler: Hubris and Nemesis 20050701 'Unexpected and original' -- Richard Overy 20050701
Sturmbannfuehrer Heinz Lange was head of Hitler's personal household. Hauptsturmfuehrer Otto Guensche was his last SS adjutant. Henrik Eberle is a journalist and a historian, and heteaches at the University of Halle in Germany. Matthias Uhl has studied history and political science inGermany and Russia, and now works at the German Historical Institite in Moscow.