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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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Hitler's bodyguard dies aged 96 after a short illness

Rochus Misch, who served as Adolf Hitler's bodyguard for most of World War II, died after a short illness.

Misch died in Berlin yesterday, Burkhard Nachtigall, who helped him ghostwrite his 2008 memoir, told the Associated Press today.

Rochus Misch pictured in August 2007. Credit: REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

Born July 29, 1917, in the Silesian town of Alt Schalkowitz, in what is Poland today, Misch was orphaned at an early age.

At the age of 20, Misch decided to join the SS and signed up for the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, a unit that was founded to serve as Hitler's personal protection.

Misch and his comrade Johannes Hentschel accompanied Hitler almost everywhere he went - including his Alpine retreat in Berchtesgaden and his "Wolf's Lair" headquarters.

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