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Adolf Hitler's bodyguard dies

Adolf Hitler's bodyguard Rochus Misch, the last witness to the German leader's final hours, has died.

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Bodyguard called Hitler 'no brute' and 'no Superman'

Adolf Hitler's bodyguard Rochus Misch, who died aged 96, said of the Nazi leader in a 2005 interview, "He was no brute. He was no monster. He was no Superman."

Speaking to the Associated Press, Misch described Hitler as "a very normal man" and "a wonderful boss."

Adolf Hitler pictured giving a speech. Credit: dpa/DPA/Press Association Images

Misch told the news agency, "I lived with him for five years. We were the closest people who worked with him ... we were always there. Hitler was never without us day and night."

The former SS man said he knew nothing of the murder of six million Jews and that Hitler never brought up the Final Solution in his presence.

"That was never a topic," he said emphatically. "Never."

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