QUERY: Hitler's personal documents

Natasha  Margulis's picture

Hello fellow H-German subscribers. 

I have been trying to find sources that refer to Hitler's personal documents.  I have exhausted all of the research of which I am familiar.  This topic was introducted in Brisard and Parshina's book The Death of Hitler: The Final Word.  Hitler had his personal documents with him in Berlin when he was in the bunker.  He was planning to fly from Obersalzberg to escape the Russian invasion of Berlin.  But, as we all know, he stayed behind.  What I hadn't heard before was that all of the planes that left Berlin for Obersalzburg made it successfully except for one, which contained Hitler's personal documents (p.67).  There are no footonotes for this information.  Has any come across this information in any other secondary or primary resource?

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Natasha Margulis

Political Collections and Digital Archivist

Arkansas State University

I'm not a scholar of German history, but a scholar of persuasion who is reading a lot about Hitler because he is such a trope when it comes to persuasion. I have to say that I've read nothing that says he was planning to leave Berlin--that wouldn't fit with anything he was saying at the time (as reported by many people). He also never put anything in writing (typical of demagogues--which is my area of expertise). So I'm not sure what the personal papers would be. Hitler was very clear that he thought leaders should commit suicide rather than escape or surrender, so I'd be really dubious about that book. That you haven't found anything to support the claims those authors make suggests that they aren't credible.

Perhaps check other things written by the author, and you may find a clue.

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Gayle Ann