Adolf Hitler’s last words before he killed himself have been discovered in the personal diary of the Nazi leader’s pilot.
One of Hitler’s most trusted staff, Lieutenant-general Hans Baur, had a journal that offers rare photos of the Fuhrer and also the story of the Nazi leader’s last moments on April 30, 1945.
Together with his re-released memoirs titled ‘I was Hitler’s Pilot,’ the book reveals the dictator’s emotional final words to Baur.
The pilot said the Nazi leader told him “I’m ending it today” before he killed himself a few moments later alongside Eva Braun, his wife.
Baur, who passed away in 1993 aged 96, recalled: “Hitler came up to me and took both my hands in his.
“’Baur, I want to say goodbye to you. The time has come. My generals have betrayed me; my soldiers don’t want to go on and I can’t go on.’”
He added: “I tried to persuade him that there were still planes available, and that I could get him away to Japan or the Argentine, or to one of the Sheiks, who were all very friendly to him on account of his attitude to the Jews.
“’The war will end with the fall of Berlin,” Hitler declared. “And I stand or fall with Berlin.’”
The Fuhrer said: “A man must summon up courage enough to face the consequences – and therefore I’m ending it now. I know that tomorrow millions of people will curse me – that’s fate.
“The Russians know perfectly well that I am here in this bunker, and I’m afraid they’ll use gas shells. There are gas-locks here, I know, but can you rely on them?”
According to the diary, Hitler ended his speech to his friend by saying: “In any case, I’m not – and I’m ending it today.”
After talking to Hitler, the pilot was shot and lost his leg. He spent 10 years in a Soviet prison where he was tortured for information about the Nazi leader.
Baur said in his diary: “Hitler’s complete confidence in me had led to a more intimate and friendly relationship. After all, again and again his life depended on my skill, and he realized that I always did my level best for him.
“So one day he told me that henceforth I was to consider myself as his personal friend and permanent guest as well as his pilot. From now on I was to be allowed to go in and out of his house whenever I liked without special pass or permission.
“After that I almost always had lunch and dinner with him, and I found it very interesting to get to know the way he lived, and in particular how he relaxed.
“In the garden of the Reich Chancellory there were a number of very tame squirrels, and whenever he went out into the garden they would come running up to jump on his shoulders. They wanted nuts, of course, and when Hitler went into the garden, he always took some with him.
“Once when the supply was exhausted I offered to go back to the Reich Chancellory and get some more, but Hitler refused: “No, Baur. Your job is flying me, not waiting on me.””
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