On July 20 that year one-armed Stauffenberg placed a bomb in a wooden briefing hut at Hitler’s Wolf’s Lair hideaway in Poland.
Stauffenberg excused himself and left the room before the explosion tore through the hut.
Four people were killed but Hitler was shielded from the blast by an oak conference table and was only slightly wounded.
Today, Stauffenberg, who was executed by firing squad, is a hero to many Germans — but not Misch. He says: “I knew Stauffenberg. He was not a Hitler assassin. He was an assassin, yes, but a comrade assassin.
“He killed comrades. It’s the worst thing a soldier can do. It was not the actions of an officer. He was not even there when the bomb went off. He placed the bag and ran away. That’s no Hitler assassin.”
Misch was on duties in Berlin when the bomb went off.
Staring at a snap of himself in his SS uniform on guard at the Wolf’s Lair in 1944, he adds: “When I got back it was business as usual. There were six of us bodyguards and Hitler seemed the same as ever.
“We had to expect something like that happening. When Hitler was at the Front there were only two or three guards. You could have got him easily.”
Misch stayed loyal to the Fuhrer as the Third Reich crumbled. By January 1945 Hitler had retreated to a cluster of small rooms 40ft underground in Berlin.
The bodyguard says: “We were the only witnesses. We were in the bunker, it was small. Not like the media show it.”
Misch, a telephonist in the bunker, adds: “On April 22, 1945, Hitler said, ‘The war is lost. No one is obliged to do anything any more’’.
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