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Old 01-28-2020, 12:34 PM
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Is there anyone alive today who knew Hitler


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Old 01-28-2020, 12:39 PM
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Which Hitler?

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Old 01-28-2020, 12:52 PM
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I'd guess that Hilde Schramm, 83 might have met Hitler. She's the youngest sister of Albert Speer. Born in 1936, I could imagine her meeting Hitler in 1943 or so.

Hitler died 75 years ago. I bet there are a bunch of people that met him and are still alive. Look at home many WWII vets are still alive. They are all of the right age.

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Old 01-28-2020, 12:52 PM
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Define "know." Met personally for a minute? There might be some WW II era children still alive that met him at some glad-handing political event and still remember it( "Hitler praised me for winning a spelling bee" ). Anyone in that category would be probably be deep into their 80's by now.

Knew him well enough to have to have been an acquaintance, even a distant one? Pretty unlikely in 2020.

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Define "know." Met personally for a minute? There might be some WW II era children still alive that met him at some glad-handing political event and still remember it( "Hitler praised me for winning a spelling bee" ). Anyone in that category would be probably be deep into their 80's by now.

Knew him well enough to have to have been an acquaintance, even a distant one? Pretty unlikely in 2020.
A few of the kids of his closest advisors are alive, like Niklas Frank, who had Hitler for a godfather. Presumably they met, but it’s unclear if they “knew” him.
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I imagine some aide who worked in his office (or wherever) would have spoken to him on many occasions. I he was 20-25 years old in 1945, he'd be 95-100 today. I'd put this in the "unlikely but certainly not impossible" category.
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Old 01-28-2020, 02:11 PM
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Rochus Misch died 6 or so years ago - he probably was the last with any regular contact with Hitler (bodyguard). He was in his mid-nineties iirc when he died. I think there are still survivors from the fuehrer bunker, but the ones left did not have any meaningful contact with him, if any.
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I imagine some aide who worked in his office (or wherever) would have spoken to him on many occasions. I he was 20-25 years old in 1945, he'd be 95-100 today. I'd put this in the "unlikely but certainly not impossible" category.
Hitler's maid Elisabeth Kalhammer was alive as of three years ago. No information since then; she'd be 95 - 96 by now.
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Old 01-28-2020, 04:48 PM
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Wikipedia lists 5 of Martin Bormann's 10 children without a death date. (Not proof of being alive but clearly someone is keeping track.) Given their birth years in the 30s of the two oldest and the fondness of Hitler for having children around him, that at least one of them is still alive and remembers hanging out with Hitler is likely.

Irmgard Bormann (born 25 July 1933)
Rudolf Gerhard Bormann (born 31 August 1934)
Eva Ute Bormann (born 4 May 1938)
Gerda Bormann (born 4 August 1940)
Fritz Hartmut Bormann (born 3 April 1942)

It seems the quite a few of the children of top Nazi officials have died in recent years.
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Even Bruno Ganz who played Hitler in Downfall died last year. BTW both he and the director of Downfall really liked the parodies with fake subtitles that are on youtube.
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Even Bruno Ganz who played Hitler in Downfall died last year. BTW both he and the director of Downfall really liked the parodies with fake subtitles that are on youtube.
Of particular interest: Hitler Waiting For Godot. (Approx. 8 minutes.)
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Hitler's maid Elisabeth Kalhammer was alive as of three years ago. No information since then; she'd be 95 - 96 by now.
P.S.: Found this recent article implying she's alive and occasionally giving interviews.
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Old 01-29-2020, 07:34 AM
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I imagine some aide who worked in his office (or wherever) would have spoken to him on many occasions. I he was 20-25 years old in 1945, he'd be 95-100 today. I'd put this in the "unlikely but certainly not impossible" category.
Along these lines, Hitler's last private secretary, Traudl Junge, died in 2002. There's a fascinating documentary called "Blind Spot" about her.
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Old 01-29-2020, 08:23 AM
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My mother saw him in the flesh when she was a little girl. He came to their town (Cesky Krumlov) after the Sudetenland was annexed. They made everyone come out to greet him. She's 87 now.

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Old 01-29-2020, 10:45 AM
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I would guess there are hundreds. After all, there are plenty of people who are 90 today and they would have been 15 when he died.

Here is a link to some of them. It is a link to war criminals who are still alive.

https://time.com/3958690/nazi-war-cr...s-still-alive/

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I worked with a fellow who told me about his conversation with Hitler. This guy was an accountant, retired about mid-1990's. I assume he's no longer alive.

He was with a group of university students who bought rush seats at the Berlin Opera - the seats held for VIP's were put on sale last minute, cheap but prestigious box seats. Anyway, Hitler and entourage decide last minute to attend the opera, so he and his buddies were given the (polite) boot. On the way out, Adolph stopped them and they had a brief chat, Adolph apologized for the inconvenience, etc. Very polite, likeable guy, it seems. (When not ordering mass murders)
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In the biblical sense? Probably not since 1945.
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I was Adolf Hitler’s next-door neighbour: Jewish woman reveals how she lived next to the future Führer in Munich in 1920s and 30s - and even saw his 'niece's coffin' taken from his flat
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Alice Frank Stock, 101, spent years living in the same apartment block as the Nazi dictator while growing up in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s.

Her [f]amily lived on Prinzregentplatz in Munich, just doors away from one of the most notorious figures in history, who moved in to the block in 1929.

Mrs Stock said she would sometimes see Hitler being rushed into the building while flanked by towering SS guards, most likely fearful of an assassination attempt.
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Despite her close proximity to the Führer, Mrs Stock said she rarely saw him - and never had any personal interactions.
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Along these lines, Hitler's last private secretary, Traudl Junge, died in 2002. There's a fascinating documentary called "Blind Spot" about her.
It was her memoirs that was the seed for Downfall. Her character had a small part in the movie. In the parodies she's the secretary in a green sweater who comforts the crying secretary as they overhear his rant in the hallway.
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While an interesting tale, that she had no interactions puts her in the same category of thousands of regular still-living Germans who attended his speeches or some such.
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FTR, my Aunt died 7 years ago, and met the Führer often.
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Cx to above: great Aunt. She told me about it a few times.

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FTR, my Aunt died 7 years ago, and met the Führer often.
Interesting. In what context did she meet him, if I may ask?

ETA: That may sound like an accusatory question. I don't mean that at all. I'm just really curious.

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One of Hitler's final public acts was to decorate child soldiers from the Hitler Youth before the fall of Berlin. It was his last newsreel I believe.

http://ultimatehistoryproject.com/child-soldiers.html

Are any of these children in 1945 (who would be around 87-90 now) alive? Many might have died in the following battle.
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