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The Downfall

Hitler and the End of the Third Reich



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Adolf Hitler

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the bunker personnel

The Who-Is-Who of the Bunker


Heinz Linge,
Hilter´s Oderly








Otto Günsche,
Hitler´s Adjutant








Johann Rattenhuber
Head of the RSD (Chief Body Guard)








Traudl Junge
Hitler´s Secretary








Erich Kempka
Hitler´s Chauffeur








Hermann Fegelein
and his Wife Gretl Braun - Fegelein on the right and Sister-In-Law Eva Braun on the left











From the Attendant to the Ritterkreuzträger (highly decorated soldier), from the Chauffeur to the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. Who were those people who spent the last days with Hitler in the ´Fuehrerbunker´? And what happened to them? Some short information:


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Axmann, Artur, born on February 18, 1913 in Hagen - died on October 24, 1996 in Berlin, since 1940 ´Reichsjugendfuehrer´ (Reich Youth Leader), attendant at the cremation of Hitler´s body, until 1949 in American war captivity.

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Baur, Hans, born on June 19, 1897 in Ampfing, died on February 17, 1993 in Neuwiddersberg, Hitler´s Pilot, until May 1, 1945 in the bunker, until 1955 in Soviet war captivity.

Bormann, Martin, born on June 17, 1902 in Halberstadt, supposably died on May 2, 1945 in Berlin, Farmer, since 1933 ´Reichsleiter´ (Reich Leader) of the NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers Party), since 1944 ´Reichsminister´ without area of operations (´Parteiminister´), until May 1, 1945 in the bunker, supposably suicide during his escape to avoid Soviet war captivity, firstly considered to be missing.

Braun, Eva, see biography.

Burgdorf, Wilhelm, born on February 14, 1895 in Fuerstenwalde, died on May 2, 1945 in Berlin, since 1944 Head of the Army Personnel Department and Chief Adjutant of the ´Wehrmacht´ (Armed Forces), stayed in the bunker and shot himself dead (according other sources: missed).

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Christian, Gerda, née Daranowski, born on December 13, 1913 in Berlin, since 1937 Hitler´s Secretary, until May 1, 1945 in the bunker, successful escape to West Germany.

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Fegelein, Hermann, born on October 30, 1906 in Ansbach, died on April 29, 1945 in Berlin (executed), successful Show Jumper, Obersturmbannfuehrer of the Waffen-SS, since 1944 steady Deputy of the Reichsinnenminister (Minister of the Interior) in the Reich Chancellery, husband of the sister of Eva Braun.

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Goebbels, Dr. Joseph, born on October 29, 1897 in Rheydt, died on May 1, 1945 in Berlin (suicide), 1921 conferral of a doctorate in German language and literature studies, University Bonn, since 1928 member of the Reichstag, 1931 marriage with Magda Quandt, since 1933 Reichsminister for Volksaufklaerung and Propaganda, according to Hitler´s political last will Reich Chancellor since April 30, 1945, in the evening of May 1, 1945 he at first shot his wife and then himself, in the garden of the Reich Chancellery.

Goebbels, Magda, née Behrendt, divorced Quandt, born on November 1, 1901 in Berlin, died on May 1, 1945 in Berlin (killed on demand), after re-marriage of her mother, she grows up in Belgium under the name: Friedlaender, 1921 marriage with the Entrepreneur Guenther Quandt, divorce 1929, one child with Qunadt: Harald, 1931 marriage with Goebbels, six children: Helga, Hilde, Helmut, Holde, Hedda, Heide. Moves into the bunker together with her 6 children on April 22, 1945 - after Hitler had announced his suicide, she kills her children on May 1, 1945 in the bunker, soon afterwards she was shot down by her husband, according her wish.

Greim, Ritter von, Robert, born on June 22, 1892 in Bayreuth, died on May 24, 1945 in Salzburg (suicide), lawyer, since 1943 Supreme Commander of the 6. Air Fleet (Munich Area), lands - togehter with Hanna Reitsch - on April 26, 1945 before the Brandenburger Tor, is announced Supreme Commander of the Airforce the same day, takes off again with Reitsch on April 29, 1945, suicide in American war captivity.

Guensche, Otto, born on September 24, 1917 in Jena, since 1944 Hitler´s Personal Adjutant, until May 1, 1945 in the bunker, since May 2, 1945 in Soviet war captivity, until 1956 imprisoned in the GDR, was guard in front of the door to Hitler´s private rooms, when Hitler shot himself.

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Haase, Werner, born on August 2, 1900 in Koethen, died probably 1945 in Moscow, since 1935 Begleitarzt (concomitant doctor) in staff of the Reichskanzler (Reich Chancellor), 1945 Head of the ward (Krankenstation) in the bunker, stayed in the bunker and was arrested there by the Red Army, was taken to Moscow for interrogations.

Hentschel, Johannes, Chief Engineer (Cheftechniker) in the bunker, responsible for the air ventilation, electricity etc., stayed in the bunker until arrival of the Red Army.

Hewel, Walther, born on January 2, 1904 in Koeln (Cologne), died on May 2, 1945 in Berlin, Colour Sergeant during the Hitler Putsch 1923 in Munich, since 1940 Steady Agent of the Reich Foreign Minister at the Reich Chancellor, until May 1, 1945 in the bunker, probably suicide during escape to avoid Soviet war captivity.

Hitler, Adolf, see biography.

Hoegl, Peter, born on August 19, 1897 in Dingolfing, died on May 2, 1945 in Berlin, 1944 Kriminaldirektor (Chief Inspector) at the ´Reichssicherheitsdienst´, until May 1, 1945 in the bunker, suicide during escape to avoid Soviet war captivity.

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Kempka, Erich, born on September 16, 1910 in Oberhausen, died on January 24, 1975 in Freiburg, since 1936 Hitler´s permanent Chauffeur, until May 1, 1945 in the bunker, at first succeeded to escape, then - from June 20, 1945 until 1947 under American arrest. Witness of the cremation of the married couple Hitler.

Krebs, Heinz, born on March 4, 1898 in Helmstedt, died on May 2, 1945 in Berlin (suicide), since April 1945 Head of the General Staff of the Army at the Reich Chancellor, took up peace negotiations with the USSR on May 1, 1945 - according to Goebbels instructions. Stayed in the bunker and shot himself in the conference room.

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Linge, Heinz, born on March 23, 1913 in Bremen, died 1980 in Bremen, Bricklayer, since 1935 Hitler´s Attendant, until May 1, 1945 in the bunker, until 1955 in Soviet war captivity. Kept watch before the door to Hitler´s private rooms when Hitler shot himself.

Lorenz, Heinz, born on August 7, 1913 in Schwerin, since 1936 Hauptschriftfuehrer (Chief Recording Clerk) at the German News Agency, until April 29, 1945 in the bunker, then went to Munich, courier task, he brought a copy of Hitler´s last will out of the bunker, until 1947 in war captivity.

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Manziarly, Constanze, born on April 14, 1920 in Innsbruck, died on May 2, 1945 in Berlin (probably suicide), Hitler´s (diet) cook, until May 1, 1945 in the bunker, probably suicide when escaping to avoid Soviet war captivity.

Misch, Rochus, Telephone Operator in the bunker, stayed there until May 1, 1945.

Mohnke, Wilhelm, born on March 15, 1911 in Luebeck, died on August 6, 2001 in Hamburg, Warehouse Clerk, since 1931 diverse military degrees and awards in the SS, on May 23, 1945 appointed Commandant of the troops in the governance district, coordinates the escape of the bunker inhabitants on May 1, 1945, was imprisoned on May 2, 1945 by the Soviets, 1955 released.

Morell, Dr. Theodor, born on June 22, 1886 in Muenzenberg, died May 26, 1948 in Tegernsee, since 1936 Medical Attendant of Hitler, banished from the bunker by Hitler because Hitler feared that he could give him drugs to get him out of Berlin.

Mueller, Heinrich, born on April 28, 1900 in Munich, missed, since 1939 Head of the Gestapo, lastly seen in the bunker on April 29, 1945, then lost.

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Naumann, Dr. Werner, born on June 16, 1909 in Guhrau, died on October 25, 1982, State Secretary in the Propaganda Department, still seen in the bunker on April 29, 1945, successful escape to West Germany, 1953 imprisoned for 4 months.

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Rattenhuber, Johann, born on April 30, 1897 in Munich, died on June 30, 1957 in Munich, Head of the ´Reichssicherheitsdienst´ (RSD), a unit for the private protection of Hitler, until May 1, 1945 in the bunker, until 1951 in Soviet war captivity.

Reitsch, Hanna, born on March 29, 1912 in Hirschberg, died on August 28, 1979 in Frankfurt am Main, Test Pilot, numerous flight records, on April 26, 1945 landing before the Brandenburger Tor together with Greim, on April 29, 1945 they took off again, short US-arrest.

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Schaub, Julius Gregor, born on August 20, 1898 in Munich, died on December 27, 1967 in Munich, founder member of the SS, Hitler´s Personal Adjutant, until April 22, 1945 in the bunker, then courier task, went to Berchtesgarden, until 1949 in war captivity.

Schroeder, Christa, born on March 19, 1908 in Hannoversch Muenden, died on June 28, 1984 in Munich, since 1933 Hitler´s Secretary, until April 22, 1945 in the bunker.

Schwaegermann, Guenther, born on July 24, 1915 in Uelzen, since about 1940 Goebbel´s Personal Adjutant, until May 1, 1945 in the bunker, successful escape to West Germany, then until 1947 in American war captivity.

Speer, Albert, born on March 19, 1905 in Mannheim, died on September 1, 1981 in London, Architect, since 1937 Delegate for Construction in the Staff of the Fuehrer, since 1942 Reichsminister for Armament and Munitions, stated that he has had the intention to kill Hitler by leading-in of toxic gas into the bunker in April 1945 (declaration partly confirmed by bunker Engineer Johannes Hentschel, nevertheless doubtable), on April 23, 1945 for the last time in the bunker, 1946 sentenced to 20 years of arrest.

Stumpfegger, Dr. Ludwig, born on July 11, 1910 in Munich, died on May 2, 1945 in Berlin (suicide), since 1944 concomitant Doctor in the Section of the Reichskanzler, until May 1, 1945 in the bunker, suicide during escape.

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Wolf, Johanna, born on June 1, 1900 in Munich, died on June 5, 1985 in Munich, since 1933 Hitler´s Secretary, until April 22, 1945 in the bunker.

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Zander, Wilhelm, until April 29, 1945 in the bunker, brought copy of Hitler´s testament out of Berlin.

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