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Hitler’s Secretary, Martin Bormann, was invariably the advocate of extremely harsh, radical measures when it came to the treatment of Jews, of the conquered eastern peoples or prisoners of war. He signed the decree of 9 October 1942 prescribing that “the permanent elimination of the Jews from the territories of Greater Germany can no longer be carried out by emigration but by the use of ruthless force in the special camps of the East.” source: Wiki.

  • A further decree, signed by Bormann on 1 July 1943, gave Adolf Eichmann absolute powers over Jews, who now came under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Gestapo. wiki.
  • The original German content of the Bormann-Vermerke was not published until 1980 by historian Werner Jochmann.[11] However Jochmann’s edition is not complete, as it lacks the 100 entries made by Picker between 12 March and 1 September 1942.[12]
  • Tischgespräche is Hitler’s Table Talk.

    between 12 March and 1 September 1942.[12] Albert Speer, who was the Minister of Armaments and War Production for Nazi Germany, confirmed the authenticity of Henry Picker’s “Table Talk” in his 1976 memoirs.…

    Hitler’s Table talk, ed. by Bormann and other nazis. The book has been authenticated…

    Given Hitler ordered that the RSHA keep him informed of the activities of the Einsatzgruppen, in August 1941, and given the timing of so many of Himmler’s visits to the East and subsequent meetings with Hitler, it is to be taken as read that Hitler was informed of much more than the abstract details. These ‘Monologues in the Führer’s headquarters”, home records, cover the period from July 1941 until November 1944.

    • Reinhard Heydrich, Chief of the security police and the SD, and personally arrived in Minsk in April 1942 and opened the local CDR, SS – Obersturmbannführer Eduard Strauch, and some of his officers, that now also the German and other European Jews should be destroyed. At the same time, he announced the resumption of the end of November 1941  transports  of Jews from the West to Minsk. Heydrich ordered them to kill the prisoners after their arrival., Maly Trostenez

  • Andreas Hilgruber, German historian, noted that “2.2 million Soviet Jews,” had been killed, far more than other historians had thought.

At the Nuremberg Trials, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, the Reich Commissioner for the Netherlands, testified that he had called Bormann to confirm an order to deport the Dutch Jews to Auschwitz, and further testified that Bormann passed along Hitler’s orders for the extermination of Jews during the Holocaust. A telephone conversation between Bormann and Himmler, who was his main antagonist in the struggle for power within the Nazi elite, was overheard by telephone operators during which Himmler reported to Bormann the extermination of 40,000 Jews in Poland. Himmler was sharply rebuked for using the word “exterminated” rather than the codeword “resettled,” and Bormann ordered the apologetic Himmler never again to report on this by phone but through SS couriers. source: Bormann page


Erna Flegel . German nurse, Fuehrer bunker. Died 2006.

Ernst-Guenther_Schenck. d. 1998, herbology

Helmut_Kunz, Dentist. d. 1976

Liselotte Chervinska, RN, Fuehrerbunker Reichs Chancellery hospital

Erna Flegel, Liselotte Chervinska, Elisabeth Lyndhurst and Rut (surname not known), who were given the ‘Kriegsvendienst [sic: Kriegsverdienst] Kreuz 2nd Class’, that had been presented by Hitler’s aide-de-camp Günsche in the hospital before the audience with Hitler.

erklärten sich jedoch nur Johanna Wolf und Christa Schroeder dazu bereit, Traudl Junge, Gerda Christian (d. 1997) , Hitlers Diätköchin Constanze Manziarly, Bormanns Sekretärin Else Krüger und Eva Braun blieben.

Constanze Manziarly (* 14. April 1920 in Innsbruck; † vermutlich 2. Mai 1945 in Berlin)

Helene von Exner, his dietician.

Julius Schaub (* 20. August 1898 in München; † 27. Dezember 1967 ebenda) war der langjährige persönliche Chefadjutant Adolf Hitlers.

Arthur Kannenberg (* 23. Februar 1896 in Berlin-Charlottenburg; † 26. Januar 1963 in Düsseldorf) war Hausintendant Adolf Hitlers.

Christa Schroeder (* 19. März 1908 in Hannoversch Münden als Emilie Christine Schroeder; † 28. Juni 1984 in München)

Johanna Wolf (* 1. Juni 1900 in München; † 5. Juni 1985 ebenda)

Gerda Christian, née Daranowski (born December 13, 1913 in Berlin; died April 14, 1997 in Düsseldorf) was one of the four secretaries of Adolf Hitler between 1937 and 1945 in addition to Traudl Junge and Johanna Wolf and Christa Schroeder.

Wilhelm Brückner (* 11. Dezember 1884 in Baden-Baden; † 20. August 1954 in Herbsdorf) war ein deutscher Offizier, Nationalsozialist und langjähriger Chefadjutant von Adolf Hitler.

major Eckhard Christian air force who served as the aide-de-camp to the Chief of the OKW in the Führer’s headquarters. no deutsche wiki bio.


Ferdinand Schörner (12 June 1892 – 2 July 1973).Schörner was a convinced Nazi and became infamous for his brutality, by the end of World War II he was Hitler`s favourite commander. Emprisoned 1951 until 1963. The last German field Marshall. Nicknamed, Blutiger Ferdinand (Bloody Ferdinand).

According to stenographic transcripts translated by Hugh Trevor-Roper of conversations between Hitler and his inner circle which took place between July 1941 and November 1944, Hitler regarded himself as a vegetarian. These conversations were gathered together under the title Hitler’s Table Talk. Written notes taken at the time were transcribed and then were edited by Martin Bormann.[8] According to these transcripts dated November 11, 1941, Hitler said, “One may regret living at a period when it’s impossible to form an idea of the shape the world of the future will assume. But there’s one thing I can predict to eaters of meat: the world of the future will be vegetarian.”
Heinrich Heim (15 June 1900, Munich – 26 June 1988, Munich) was a lawyer and NSDAP Ministerialrat who transcribed and co-published with Werner Jochmann transcripts of Adolf Hitler’s informal talks, known colloquially as Hitler’s Table Talk. Heim’s version of the table talk was published in 1980 under the title Adolf Hitler Monologe im Führerhauptquartier 1941-1944.[1] Heim’s edition relied upon the original German notes, recorded by Heim from 5 July 1941 to mid March 1942, and August-September 1942.[2][3] According to German historian Clemens Vollnhals, from a “source-critical point of view, the most reliable version of the Table Talk remains Werner Jochmann’s edition of 1980.”[4]
Heinrich Heim was born in Munich, Bavaria from a distinguished family of lawyers. His father was a judge at the Bavarian Supreme Court, and a member of the Bavarian Court. Raised in Zweibrücken, Germany, Heim studied law at the University of Munich. After graduation Heim was hired by a law firm, where he worked with lawyer Hans Frank, who would later became a high-ranking official in Nazi Germany. Heim primarily represented the interests of a relief fund headed by Martin Bormann. From 1939 to 1943 Heim worked as an aid to Bormann, which later lead to his notable work recording Hitler’s informal conversations.

I was Hitler’s food taster, says woman

By Indo Asian News Service | IANS – Sun, Feb 10, 2013

London, Feb 10 (IANS) Margot Woelk, now a 95-year-old woman, says she was the “food taster” of Adolf Hitler for more than two years, and had to taste the dictator’s food to ensure it was not poisoned.
Woelk ate fresh fruit and vegetables including asparagus, peppers and peas, and was one of a dozen women Hitler used to protect himself at his Eastern front headquarters, also known as the “Wolf’s Lair”, the Daily Mail reported.
She was taken there in 1942 when evacuated from Berlin to Gross Partsch — Parcz in modern-day Poland.
attempt on Hitler’s life by Claus von Stauffenberg in July 1944.
She was then confined to a school building.
When Hitler abandoned the lair in November 1944, an officer helped the woman escape to Berlin.
Woelk said she believes the other tasters were shot by the advancing Russians.
In 1946, she was reunited with her husband who she had presumed dead. The couple lived together until he died in 1990, the daily said.
Anni Winter was the housekeeper of Hitler’s apartment at Prinzregentenplatz 16
in Munich. She was taken into custody at the end of the war by the American
military and interviewed. They also interviewed other workers, some of whom
indicated that Mrs. Winter was not too popular, apparently because she was
rather authoritarian with the other workers.

Henry Picker (6 February 1912, Wilhelmshaven – 2 May 1988) was a lawyer, stenographer and author who co-transcribed and first published transcripts of Adolf Hitler’s informal talks, known colloquially as the Table Talk.

All editions and translations are based on the two original German notebooks, one by Henry Picker, and another based on a more complete notebook by Martin Bormann (which is often called the Bormann-Vermerke, or “Bormann Notes”). Henry Picker was the first to publish the Table Talk, doing so in 1951 in the original German.[1] This was followed by the French translation in 1952 by François Genoud, a Swiss financier.[2] The English edition came in 1953, which was translated by R. H. Stevens and Norman Cameron and published under the editorial hand of historian Hugh Trevor-Roper.[3] Both the French and English translations were based on the Bormann-Vermerke manuscript, while Picker’s volume was based on his original notes, as well as the notes he directly acquired from Heinrich Heim spanning from 5 July 1941 to March 1942.[10] The original German content of the Bormann-Vermerke was not published until 1980 by historian Werner Jochmann.[11] However Jochmann’s edition is not complete, as it lacks the 100 entries made by Picker between 12 March and 1 September 1942.[12]

The Table Talk indicates Hitler continued to wish for a united Christian Church of Germany for some time after 1937, in line with his earlier policy of uniting all the churches to bring them more firmly under Nazi control, so they would support Nazi policy and act as a unifying rather than divisive force in Germany, that had largely proven unsuccessful.[24][25] By 1940, however, it was public knowledge that Hitler had abandoned even the syncretist idea of a positive Christianity.[26] Instead, after 1938 Hitler began to publicly support a Nazified version of science, particularly social Darwinism, at the core of Nazi ideology in place of a religious one[27] – a development that is reflected in private in his increasingly hostile remarks towards religion in Table Talk.[28] Richard Steigmann-Gall suggests that Hitler’s criticism of Christianity in the Table Talk, if reliable, reflects a newly formed anticlerical attitude which began in 1937. He argues that this change might have emerged as a result of Hitler’s frustration over his failure to unify all German Protestant churches.[29]

“It is true that Wagner believed that western society was doomed because of
miscegenation between superior and inferior races. He formed this opinion after
reading Arthur de Gobineau’s An Essay on the Inequality of the Human
and this is reflected in the opera Parsifal. In any case, the
parallels between Wagner’s ideas and philosophy closely resemble Hitler’s, even
to the religious concepts that that Old Testament had nothing to do with the New
Testament, and that the God of Israel was not the same God as the father of
Jesus, and that the Ten Commandments lacked the mercy and love of Christian
teachings. He insisted that Jesus was of Greek origin rather than Jewish. This
was the opinion of Alfred Rosenberg, the main NS philosopher, and Hitler himself
held this opinion. There is no question at all that Hitler was ardently enamored
with Richard Wagner.”

Heinz Lorenz (7 August 1913 – 23 November 1985) was German dictator Adolf Hitler‘s Deputy Chief Press Secretary during World War II. Entrusted with the Last Testament of Adolf Hitler.

Wilhelm Zander d 1974. Also entrusted with it.

In early 1945, he accompanied Bormann and German leader Adolf Hitler to the Führerbunker in Berlin. On 29 April 1945, during the Battle of Berlin, Hitler dictated his last will and political testament. Three messengers were assigned to take the will and political testament out of the besieged city of Berlin to ensure their presence for posterity. The first messenger was deputy press attaché, Heinz Lorenz. The second messenager was Willy Johannmeyer, Hitler’s army adjutant, and third was Zander. The three men left that day. Bormann had instructed Zander to carry the documents to Karl Doenitz.[3]

By 30 April, with the Soviet Army less than 500 metres from the bunker complex, Hitler committed suicide.[4] Zander made it through the Soviet Army encirclement of Berlin to the west.[5] After the war ended, it was subsequently discovered that he had adopted the surname Paustin and worked as a gardener.[6] He was captured under this name in the American occupation zone and as a consequence the copies of Hitler’s will and testament went into the hands of the American and British forces. Thereafter, by January 1946, the texts of the documents had been published in the American and British press.[7]

Willy Johannmeyer, d. 1970, entrusted with the Last Testament of Adolf Hitler.