Hitler’s Last Witness: The Memoirs of Hitler’s Bodyguard Rochus Misch

HitlerHitler’s Last Witness: The Memoirs of Hitler’s Bodyguard Rochus Misch.

This is an insightful historical non-fiction book. It gives the reader a glimpse of history from Rochus Misch’s point of view.

Who was Rochus Misch? He was Adolph Hitler’s bodyguard. He never joined the Nazi Party. He was a man of circumstance. He had a bad injury, was the last surviving son of his family, and did not cause trouble. He was sent to be Hitler’s courier, telephonist and bodyguard. This book tells his story.

The book is filled with some familiar stories and some events he recounted were surprising. Roach Misch viewed Adolph Hitler as his boss, just the man he worked for. He lived a long life. He passed away in 2013. He was the last remaining member of the Fuhrerbunker.

What I enjoyed about the book was getting the unfiltered viewpoint of Mr. Misch. He was an eyewitness to history. I was not surprised to find some events accepted as historical fact recounted differently by Mr. Misch.

The unique insider view alone is worth the price of the book. You gain insights into the lives of the people closest to Adolph Hitler. You also receive a rare look at human side of a Hitler.

I was interesting in seeing his dealings with Eva Braun, to his duties for Hitler and Hitler’s remembering his name when a female cloakroom attendant told Hitler she wanted to go out with Misch, but he said no because he was on duty (Hitler called him by name which surprised him and let him have the evening off). Rochus Misch has allowed us a rare view into a world rarely visited. His account seems balanced as both fond and difficult memories are seen throughout his writings.

The book is an easy read with a very insight view of history.


Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a novelist, poet, book reviewer, and award-winning short story writer. His work has appeared in over twenty venues, including Bewildering Stories and Beyond Imagination. When not writing each morning at his favorite coffeehouse, he supports his writing, reading, and book reviewing habit working as an IT application support analyst. He is a former Captain in the US Army. His blog Kepler’s Book Reviews was named a 100 best blogs for history buffs. You can visit him at http://www.jimmiekepler.com.

Chasing the Dream

cam00043Hello, I’m Jimmie Aaron Kepler. I’m an author, poet, and chase the brass ring with the dream of quitting my day job where I can write full time. I call jimmiekepler.com “Kepler’s Coffee House.”

Why would I select “Kepler’s Coffee House” for the name of my blog?

I write almost every day at my favorite coffee house! I’ve been doing it for several years. I’m the first one there in the morning as they unlock the doors. My coffee house as I like to call it is located halfway between my home and my day job.

I commute twenty-one miles each way every day, Monday through Friday. At about the ten-mile mark I stop at my select Starbucks at 6:00 AM. I am there every day at the same time. Being at my writing table allows my muse to know when and where to find me.

I write for forty-five to seventy-five minutes and then head on to the day job. Like most people, I need the day job to have money to live and to provide health insurance.

I’m not saying you have to mirror what I do. I am saying that you need to write on a regular basis. Writing in the morning allows me to give my best to my writing. I write before the cares and responsibilities of the day clutter my mind.

Remember, it’s not where you write or when you write that matters. What is important as an author is writing. And with my stick-to-it-ness, I just may be one of the lucky persons who transitions from a day job to writing as my day job.

Yes, I’m chasing the dream. I’ve been chasing it for some years. I think I’ll make it because I won’t quit. I’ll pay the price. And just maybe, I’ll get the brass ring.