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April 27, 1973 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-04-27

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, April 13, 1973-13

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Hitler's Last Ten Days . . . Record of His Maniacal
Bestialities ...The Book and the Movie ...Terrors
Against Generals Exposed, but Holocaust Ignored

"Hitler — The Last Ten
Days" is the eye-witness ac-
Acquire the saving habit— count of Gerhard Boldt, pub-
it takes money to buy time. lished by Coward, McCann
and Geoghegan. It is also the
title of the film to be shown
in theaters throughout the
country — a movie that has
already been widely acclaim-
ed because of the masterful
acting of Alec Guinness in
the title role.

signed to the intelligence
staff of Gen. Reinhard
Gehlen in Berlin. That im-
portant link also brought him
into the film, and he is rep-
resented in it as Captain
Hoffman.

revised English translation
by Sandra Bance, is viewed
as of such great importance
in its description of Hitler's
maniacal acts towards the
end of his life, that Gerhard
Boldt's recollections of the
intimacies caused the Para-
mount film producers to en-
list him as a technical ad-
viser in the film's prepara-
tion.

The Fuehrer then was
sheltered in the bunkers of
the Reichs Chancellery. The
main characters in the Nazi
organization were there, and
Boldt describes the brutal
aspects of the character of
Martin Bormann, who has
definitely been proclaimed
by a study commission as
having died the same time
as Hitler, based on analysis
of his skull; he tells about
the arrogance of Josef Goeb-
bels, who was there with
his wife — a violent Nazi —
and his five children; Her-
mann Goering, who was de-
moted by Hitler and ordered
to be placed under arrest
because the Fuehrer believed
he was betraying him.
There were the generals
who warned Hitler against
his tactics and pointed to
his suicidal views which
spelled destruction for the
German forces. But he was
the madman who, while wit-
nessing the failures as the
Russian troops were ap-
proaching Berlin, insisted
upon giving irrational orders
and sacrificing.

In the final days of the
Hitler era, Boldt became the
chief aide of Gen. Heinz
Guderian, of the German
general staff, and in that
Boldt's account of Hitler's capacity he was always
final days, first written in present when conferences
1947 and now offered in the were called by Adolf Hitler.

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The Jewish Cultural Com-
munity of Munich protested
against the world premiere of
the film "Hitler — The Last
Ten Days" which was to be
held in the Bavarian capital
April 20, Hitler's birthday.
Dr. Hans Lam, president of
t h e community, described
the timing of the premiere
as "provocative exploitation."
The film distributor said the
timing was coincidental.

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by a pretty, diamond-studded
wristwatch. Undoubtedly an at-
tractive woman, but rather af-
fected and theatrical.

"Hitler stood up as we reported
and we followed him into the
conference room. Regardless of
the absence of any further re-
ports of success from (Gen.)
Wenck, he once again grasped
at thtis straw. He wanted to de-
lay the end of the sruggle for
Berlin still further, without a
thought for the thousands, hun-
gry, thirsty or dying in the city.
And then came one of the most
inhuman of his orders during the
last days of the fighting in Ber-
lin. Because the Russians had
repeatedly pushed back our
front in the city area by ad-
vanc 4mg through the subway
tunnels and thus getting to the
rear of the German forces, he
ordered special units to open the
locks of the Spree and flood
the tunnels of the underground
to the south of the Reich Chan-
cellery. In these tunnels were
countless civilians and thousands
of wounded. But their lives were
of no importance to him, and
his insane order caused many
deaths.

"After the conference we met
Hanna Reitsch (famous Nazi
woman flier). She had already
made two attempts to take off
near the Brandenburger Tor with
the wounded Field Marshal von
Greim, but each time she had
to give up because the artillery
fire was too heavy. During her
stay in the bunker of the Reich
Chancellery she had struck up
a close friendship with Magda
Goebbels, and I often saw them
together.

"A little later that afternoon
some men from Hitler's Escor
Detachment brought in a little
boy, in a severe state of shock
and looking as if he had not
slept for days, who had Just
put a Russian tank out of action
near the Potsdamer Platz. With
a great show of emotion Hitler
pinned an Iron Cross on his puny

chest. on a mud-spattered coat
several sizes too big. Then he
ran his hand slowly over the
boy's head and sent him back
out into the hopeless battle in
the streets of Berlin."

The rantings and the bes-
tialities of Hitler are well
told here, and Boldt certainly
indicts the men who were
his superiors in the German
army. He exposes the beasts
and he tells how they hound-
ed and persecuted fellow of-
ficers in the German army.
Not a word, however, in
this entire story about the
Holocaust. Hitler gave many
orders to punish those he
hated or disagreed with, and
Goering suffered humiliation
from the Fuehrer. He might
have been shot at Hitler's
orders, but the death sen-
tence — he committed sui-
cide — came at the Nurem-
berg trial. Is it possible that
Boldt's experiences were en-
tirely devoid of what had
happened to the Six Million
Jews and the many more
millions of Christians on Hit-
ler's, Himmler's or Goebbels'
orders? That omission leaves
the reviewer numb. There is
something missing. There is
a radical shortcoming. Too
many Germans said they
were unaware of what had

transpired anti-Semitically.
This failure in an important
book must not go unnoticed.
—P. S.

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Hitler and Eva committed
suicide, there was a marri-
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in the bunkers from which
Hitler did not emerge from
February through the April
day of the end of his rule
and his life in April. He was
offered an escape but re-
jected all such offers.
Goebbels and Bormann
emerge among the most
brutal beasts akin to Hitler's
insanities and inanities. Boldt
speaks of the Gestapo "who
had allowed themselves to
be made the willing tools of
Goebbels and Bormann. They
hanged people arbitrarily,
tying placards on their vic-
tims proclaiming them cow-
ards or traitors. Hundreds
of officers and men, many
highly decorated for valor,
even generals simply unable
to understand the senseless
slaughter and destruction
any longer or willing to join
in, were strung up on trees,
on lampposts or in the
ruins."
Many cruelties are record-
ed by Boldt, but the most in-
human is told in the process

The Jewish Center Men's Health Club has the two
championship squash teams in the state, as the result of
the Michigan Squash Rackets Association State Tourna-
ment playoffs recently. In playoffs against the Ann Arbor
Athletic Squash Club at the Uptown Club, the Detroit
Center's C team (top) won three out of five matches. Mem-
bers of that team include, from left, front row: Stuart
Young and Norm Steel, and back row: George Rubin, Jerry
Rosman and Morrie Wexler. Not pictured are Victor Lin-
den and Dr. Morton Roth.

of Boldt's accounts of his ses-
sions with Hitler, in these
The Center's 1) team won three out of five matches
incidents the Nazi Fuehrer's against the Wayne State University Squash Team at the
bestialities:
Detroit Athletic Club. Team members include (bottom
"That morning (April 27. 1935)
photo),
from left, front row: Stuart Young, Rick Meyer
I saw Eva Braun for the first
time. She was sitting with Hit- and Art Shufro; and back row: Arnold Citron, Saul Nus-
ler and several of his closest baum and Harry Krim. Not pictured are Harvey Goldsmith,
associates at the table in the
Dr. Harris Mainster, Ken Sanders, Lloyd Starr, Dr. Dennis
anteroom, making lively conver-
sation. Hitler was listen'ng to Potosky and Bob Risman. The men's health club doubles
her. She was wearing a close-
fitting gray suit. which empha- team, Bernie Plotkin and Bill Engelman, came in second
sized a very good figure, and in the state finals.

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