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With Hitler to the End: The Memoirs of Adolf Hitler's Valet

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Heinz Linge worked with Adolf Hitler for a ten-year period from 1935 until the Führer’s death in the Berlin bunker in May 1945. He was one of the last to leave the bunker and was responsible for guarding the door while Hitler killed himself.
During his years of service, Linge was responsible for all aspects of Hitler’s household and was constantly by his side. He claims th
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published 1980)
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Fortunr
Aug 02, 2014 Fortunr rated it really liked it
Shelves: history_general
A quite interesting and remarkable account of Hitler's quirky personality traits.
What clearly emerges from Linge's account is that Hitler, contrarily to many reports, was not a one-dimensional rabid monster prone to rages and rabid ranting. On the contrary, he was a complex and contradictory human being like of all us - as an example, using Linge's own words: "he might show the most fatherly concern for a female secretary who had stubbed her toe but be utterly ice-cold when issuing orders which
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John
Aug 23, 2012 John rated it really liked it
No one is a hero to his valet - in this light Heinz Linge presents an altogether human portrait of the man who has come to represent the worst man can be. He has a remarkably affectionate tone that was common of personal servants in many countries who were treated well by their masters.

Linge tells of the daily household routine, Adolf's common law marriage to Eva Braun (with whom he lived as a husband), and the relationship with the circle of cronies and compatriots who comprised Hitler's inner
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John Martindale
Aug 04, 2014 John Martindale rated it really liked it
A year or so ago I endured the verbose diatribe—Hitler's “Mein Kampf” which gave me a glimpse of Hitler's disturbing ideology that drove him. This book gave me a glimpse of the man; his personality and how he interacted with others. Hitler definitely was not a psychopath or some diabolical sadist, but instead he was a strong-willed idealistic genius and thus we learn the sheer power and consequence of ideas. If Hitler was influenced and embrace a wholesome ideology, he could have been a great fo ...more
Razvan Zamfirescu
Apr 05, 2014 Razvan Zamfirescu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Am ezitat puțin înainte să notez acest volum de memorii și încă nu sunt sigur dacă să-i dau 3 sau 4 stele, ca să fiu sincer.
Motivele pentru care i-aș da 4 stele țin de valoarea istorică a volumului. Detaliile pe care Heinz Linge le oferă cititorului și istoricului în acest volum, indiferent că vorbim despre ultimele ore din viața lui Hitler, despre atentatul din 20 iulie 1944 sau despre relația dictatorului cu Eva Braun, aruncă o altă lumină asupra felului de a fi și acționa al Fuhrer-ului.
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Susan Williams
Sep 21, 2016 Susan Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite good!

This memoir is told dispassionately by the man who perhaps knew the real Hitler best in his final years. He was even entrusted with procuring the fuel and seeing that Adolf and Eva Hitler's bodies were burned as per Hitler's instructions to him. Hitler didn't feel the need to hide his illnesses, fatigue or depressive moods from Linge. And he took him everywhere with him. Since Hitler trusted very few at the end, this is a fascinating account of the day to day Hitler. Linge didn't ques
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Jeanette
May 28, 2016 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new perspective?

Was he really totally bad? Or just misunderstood? Nah, I don't buy it.
The author who wrote this book was Hitler's valet...and of course what he experienced with his" boss" is different from everything that we've read or were taught about this war.
I don't believe he was very "intelligent" as is portrayed nor do I think his aspirations were believable. Yes he seems to have been charismatic. I guess he was able to speak what the German population wanted to hear. But his ideas of
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Doug Phillips
Dec 27, 2015 Doug Phillips rated it liked it
Shelves: world-war-ii
After completing my reading of this book, I had mixed feelings about the author and the subject matter. As one might expect, I found myself questioning just how factual the author's autobiographical account could be based upon his time in the Hitler bunker.

It is very interesting to consider how much access Linge had to Hitler's day-to-day happenings. It seems as though there would be more of a widespread recognition for this work (and maybe there was when it was first published).

While the book
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James Crabtree
Apr 28, 2016 James Crabtree rated it liked it
this was an all-right book if you haven't read much on Hitler's inner circle but it didn't include much in the way of new material. Linge, to his credit, did not make apologies for Hitler and refuted the theory (big in the 1950s) that Hitler "didn't know" about some of the crimes committed by the Nazis. As a primary source it is still useful. I thought it interesting that Linge noted when he last saw Bormann running for his life in Berlin and opined that the man was dead... it would be some time ...more
Kyle Thompson
Jul 11, 2012 Kyle Thompson rated it liked it
This was an OK book, not great, not good, but OK. Linge starts off the book quickly describing how he came to be Hitler's Valet; he doesn't give us any background information on himself - where he was born, how he became involved with politics, specifically the NSDAP etc. - which would have been great. He just jumps right into about 1935 when he was hired by Hitler and finishes in 1945 when Hitler committed suicide and the Third Reich fell. He mostly gives us the little details of how he would w ...more
Virginia
Feb 07, 2013 Virginia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book: I was trying to sift through Linge's words to try & form a clearer picture of Hitler, but I was also trying to figure Linge out, too. At times he seems to contradict himself - his years in Russian captivity after the war gave him plenty of time to reflect and re-sort his memories. In general, though, this seems to be a fairly straightforward account of his life with a man he believed to be a "genius", "Mentally, a giant...". I believe Linge's humility - he had little ...more
Atila Yumuşakkaya
I felt there are so many things to have been left untold in the memoirs. If you did not know who Hitler was, you might think it was not him who gave the orders to kill many innocent people and drifted the world to a war costed millions of lives.

It was shocking to learn that Goebbells had his children killed by poisining lest they did not fall into enemy hands. These monsters paid what they did not only with their lives but with their own children's and wives' lives too.
Carol LaBov
Sep 26, 2016 Carol LaBov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting Insight which proves that even monsters are human

The memoir wanders a bit time wise. But tidbits offered about Hitler's character are unique. He was,after all, a leader who inspired devotion. In the end it was a coward's way out and left the country at the mercy of Russian brutality.
Peggy
Dec 11, 2009 Peggy rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
The reason I gave this book only three stars is because I consider Linge an unreliable narrator. He claims he had no knowledge of what went on in the concentration camps. I don't believe him. He was with Hitler every day for ten years. He traveled with him, sat in on meetings, ate with him, and sometimes even slept in the same room with him. Linge seems to suffer from misplaced hero worship. The book does have a lot of information on the high-ranking Nazis who surrounded Hitler. Linge mentions H ...more
Sambasivan
Jan 03, 2015 Sambasivan rated it it was amazing
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Marwes
Nov 20, 2014 Marwes rated it liked it
A really interesting read.
Laura
Jun 27, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
Interesting insights into the personal side of Hitler by a man close to,him.
Onceanul
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VBergen
Sep 03, 2015 VBergen rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, history
very interesting
Melissa
Jun 29, 2012 Melissa marked it as couldn-t-finish
I got about half way finished with this book but I just can't finish it. I was expecting it to be about behind the scenes about Adolf Hitler but it's has more about all the people around him than him. It came off to me as he spent most of the book explaining why everyone else was wrong about what they said happened or why he was really closer to Hitler than they were. Not a very enjoyable read at all.
Abby
Oct 25, 2012 Abby rated it liked it
I thought this book was okay. Linge did not really seem to be a reliable resource, as the book was written in the 1980's (I believe). He spends much of the book talking about the people around Hitler and the competition for his favor and talks little about Hitler and tells us almost nothing about himself. He obviously greatly admired Hitler and the criticisms are kept at a minimum.
Renee
Mar 01, 2013 Renee rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Tried to read this, and just couldn't. Felt like I was listening to my kids trying to prove something to the other. "Someone said this, but that didn't happen. Someone else did this, but it really happened like this." Enough already... back to the bookshelf for you!
Dan G
Sep 18, 2013 Dan G rated it it was ok
Linge's memoir adds little to our knowledge of Hitler. The most interesting material focuses on Linge's years in Soviet imprisonment after the war.
Thomas Andrikus
Feb 08, 2011 Thomas Andrikus rated it liked it
Quite an interesting read for those who want to know the "human" side of Adolph Hitler.
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