Soon, autobiography of Hitler’s last adjutant
Coming up is an autobiography of Fritz Darges, the last surviving member of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. It is set to cast-off all doubts about Nazi dictator’s direct involvement in the Holocaust.books Updated: May 21, 2012 15:13 IST
Darges, the last Schutzstaffel (SS) adjutant to Hitler, died on Saturday aged 96 with a will to publish the manuscripts of his time spent with Führer once he was gone, The Telegraph reports.
Historians believe that Darges’s account would establish Hitler's direct link to the SS and discount the Right-wing claims that the German leader knew nothing of the extermination programme, which was carried out by SS chief Heinrich Himmler.
Darges was present for all major conferences, social engagements and policy announcements for four years of the war. Darges believed that the man who engineered the Jewish Holocaust as "the greatest who ever lived."
"I first met the Führer at the Nuremberg party rally in 1934. He had a sympathetic look, he was warm-hearted. I rated him from the off," he said in an interview given to a German newspaper shortly before his death.
Darges was promoted on to the Führer's personal staff in 1940. He was also awarded the Knights Cross, the highest gallantry award for bravery in the field.
"As adjutant I was responsible for his day-to-day programme. I must, and was, always there for him, at every conference, at every inter-service liaison meeting, at all war conferences. I must say I found him a genius,” he added.
Darges recalled that the sister of Hitler’s girlfriend Eva was once interested in him. "One time we went off to Italy together with Eva Braun and her sister Gretel in an open-topped car. I had to organise all the finances. I had the feeling that Eva''s sister was interested in me but I didn''t think I should become the brother-in-law of the Fuehrer,”
However, Darges failed to judge the "warm-hearted" Führer deeply during one conference at Rastenburg on July 18, 1944.
During a strategy conference a fly began buzzing around the room, landing on Hitler's shoulder and on the surface of a map several times. Irritated, Hitler ordered Darges to "dispatch the nuisance".
Darges suggested whimsically that, as it was an "airborne pest" the job should go to the Luftwaffe adjutant, Nicolaus von Below.
Enraged, Hitler dismissed Darges on the spot. "You're for the eastern front!" he yelled. And so he was sent into combat. But despite the dramatic end to his time with Hitler, he would still hear nothing against the boss.
"We all dreamed of a greater German empire. That is why I served him and would do it all again now," he said.