On September 6, 2013, Rochus Misch, who served as one of Adolf Hitler’s dedicated bodyguards for most of World War II died at the age of 96. Burkhard Nachtigall, the co-author of Mr. Misch’s memoir, Der Letzte Zeuge (The Last Witness), published in German in 2008, confirmed the death to The Associated Press.

Misch and his comrade, fellow SS member Johannes Hentschel, accompanied Hitler almost everywhere he went — including his Alpine retreat in Berchtesgaden and his forward Wolf’s Lair headquarters. In the spring of 1945, Mr. Misch was one of the few members of Hitler’s inner circle to take up residence with him in the bunker, beneath the Chancellery, the government headquarters in Berlin. Rochus Misch was an uncaring Nazi radical once quoted as saying: It was a good time with Hitler.

Interviewing Mr. Misch in 2003, The Sunday Express, the British newspaper, put it more bluntly, calling him the most unrepentant and unapologetic Hitler supporter you could ever have the misfortune to meet.

Rochus Misch did his very best to stick to the official story of Adolf Hitler’s bunker suicide. But Misch probably slipped up when he described the hasty incursion of a third man to the Fuehrerbunker with Gestapo chief Heinrich Mueller.

In late April 1945, as the Soviet Army neared Berlin, Mr. Misch retreated to the bunker with Mr. Hentschel, Hitler and a few others. Mr. Hentschel operated the air, water and lights, Mr. Misch the telephones, taking charge of the switchboard that connected Hitler to his men outside.

On April 28, Mr. Misch saw Goebbels and Hitler’s private secretary, Martin Bormann, enter the bunker with a third man. The man was a civil magistrate, who married Hitler and Braun in the early hours of the 29th.

‘The marriage was over by about 2:30 a.m., and I wondered how I would address her — Mrs. Hitler?’ Mr. Misch told The Sunday Express.  (Margalit Fox, Rochus Misch, Bodyguard of Hitler, Dies at 96, Inernational New York Times, September 6, 2013)

Who was the puzzling third man that entered the Berlin bunker on the final days of the war?

The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. It is the account of a corrupt instigator who steals from military hospitals and makes an effort to avoid exposure by faking his death and escaping by way of underground tunnels. It is particularly remembered for its atmospheric cinematography, performances, and musical score, and it is considered one of the greatest films of all time.

During the last days of Hitler’s life, Misch followed him to live underground, protected by the so-called Fuehrerbunker’s heavily reinforced concrete ceilings and walls. But bodyguard Misch admitted that he had never seen the third man before:

On April 28, Misch saw propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and Hitler confidante Martin Bormann enter the bunker with a man he had never seen before.

‘I asked who it was and they said that’s the civil magistrate who has come to perform Hitler’s marriage,’ Misch said. That night, Hitler and longtime mistress Eva Braun were married in a short ceremony. (Hitler’s Bodyguard Rochus Misch Dies, Sky News, September 6, 2013)

A civil magistrate is charged with the meting out of the law, as distinguished from an ecclesiastical authority. But the marriage of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun on the eve of their deaths was a highly symbolic rite to exemplify the religious aspects of Nazism.

It is often claimed by skeptics that Hitler and the Nazis were Christians. However their swastika religion incorporated Vedic and Germanic rites and beliefs from alleged Aryan ancestors. The Nazi Fuhrer established a type of Antichrist Empire and was worshipped like a god.

Himmler devised new festivals to take the place of such Christian events as Christmas and Easter, and he wrote out baptism and marriage ceremonies — though he believed harem-like polygamy would best serve the interests of the SS elite. Himmler issued instructions on the correct manner of committing suicide.

Hitler’s chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels said in an announcement on April 19, 1936, Germany has been transformed into a great house of the Lord where the Fuhrer as our mediator stands before the throne of God. After his forces quickly conquered France in 1940, The Nazi Fuhrer claimed that he was now more godlike than human, and was no longer bound by the conventions of human morality.

The foundation of the SS cult became the castle of Wewelsburg in Westphalia, which Himmler bought as a ruin in 1934 and rebuilt over the next 11 years at a price tag of 13 million marks. The central banqueting hall contained a vast round table with 13 throne-like seats to accommodate Himmler and 12 of his closest apostles — making, as some occult writers have pointed out, a coven of 13. Beneath this vestibule was a Hall of the Dead, where plinths stood around a stone table. As each member of the inner circle of the SS died, his coat of arms would be burned and, together with his ashes, placed in an urn on one of these plinths for veneration.

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