Armin Lehmann's terugblik op de ontmoeting met Hitler op 20 april 1945

Archive.org, ca. 2000

Armin Lehmann's terugblik op de ontmoeting met Hitler op 20 april 1945

Archive.org, ca. 2000

Ooggetuige Armin Lehmann vertelt over de ontmoeting met Adolf Hitler op dienst 56e verjaardag, 20 april 1945. Lehmann, die in 1953 naar de Verenigde Staten emigreerde en daarom perfect Engels sprak, vertelt in de terugblik (niet compleet in de beelden opgenomen):

"At the age of ten, it was mandatory that I join the Deutsches Jungvolk (DJV), the junior branch of the Hitlerjugend or Hitler Youth. In January, 1945, I was drafted into the Volkssturm, the home defense. I was decorated (with the Iron Cross) for pulling battle-injured comrades out of the line of fire, after I had been seriously wounded myself. I was selected by Reichsjugendführer Artur Axmann to be a member of a Hitlerjugend Helden (Hitler Youth Heroes) delegation to visit the Führer in Berlin on his birthday. I met Adolf Hitler in the Reich Chancellery garden (also known as the Hinterhof or backyard) outside his bunker on his last birthday, April 20, 1945. I became one of his last couriers as a member of Axmann’s staff. During my duty as a courier inside and outside the bunker, I witnessed the total collapse of the Third Reich. I was able to observe the final days of Hitler, Eva Braun, Martin Bormann, and Joseph Goebbels and his family. I was in the adjacent Party Chancellery when Hitler committed suicide. After Hitler's death, I participated in the bloody breakout from the bunker. Two months later, I succeeded in reaching the American Occupation Zone.