Hitler's Bodyguard Gives Up on Fan Mail

93-year-old Rochus Misch says he can't keep up any more
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2011 8:24 AM CST
Rochus Misch looks at wartime photos in his Berlin home.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Hitler's last surviving bodyguard says he's just too old to keep up with all the fan mail he receives. Rochus Misch, who is 93, says boxes of mail from admirers are piling up at his Berlin home—he's no longer able to do what he once did: send his fans autographed copies of photos of himself, clad in his SS uniform, naturally. The letters "come from Korea, from Knoxville, Tenn., from Finland and Iceland—and not one has a bad word to say," he tells Reuters.

Misch, who served as Hitler's telephone operator and courier, is believed to be the last person still alive to have seen Hitler and his associates in the flesh. (Read more Adolf Hitler stories.)

My Take on This Story