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I could no longer see Stumpfegger nor Bormann. Now he began shouting, "Petrol - Erich - petrol! SS-Obersturmbannführer Erich Kempka (16 September 1910 – 24 January 1975) was a member of the SS in Nazi Germany who served as Adolf Hitler's primary chauffeur from 1934 to April, 1945. By that time, Hitler and Braun's bodies had already been carried out of the study-office of the Führerbunker. When it was discovered that Hermann Fegelein had gone missing the Gestapo was sent out to find him. Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. The following day the negotiations that were taking place between Himmler and Count Folke Bernadotte were leaked to the press. He was present in the area of the Reich Chancellery on 30 April 1945, when Hitler shot himself in the Führerbunker. He wanted me to take care of a briefcase with important files belonging to the Reichsfuhrer-SS and himself. 17 september 1936 Adolf Hitler during the parade of the V. Armeekorps in Giebelstadt, near Würzburg. The people alongside it were tossed into the air like dolls by the explosion. Kempka's paternal grandparents were Ruhr Poles. I could not allow this and said to Günsche: "You help carry the chief, I will take Eva!" In 1945, as the end of Nazi Germany drew near, Kempka accompanied Hitler to the Reich Chancellery and later the Führerbunker. For example, one interviewer, O'Donnell, recounted the following quips in his book, The Bunker: At the Nuremberg trials, Kempka was called to testify in relation to the last time he saw Bormann. He was joined by Kempka, Eva Braun, Gretl Braun, Joseph Goebbels, Magda Goebbels, Hermann Fegelein, Rochus Misch, Martin Bormann, Walter Hewell, Julius Schaub, Heinz Linge, Julius Schreck, Ernst-Gunther Schenck, Otto Günsche, Traudl Junge, Christa Schroeder and Johanna Wolf. ", According to Heinz Linge: "Fegelein was returned under armed guard he made a poor impression: wearing gloves, a leather coat and a sporty hat he looked like a Kurfurstendamm dandy. Thanks for using Find a Grave, if you have any feedback we would love to hear from you. When Martin Bormann carried Eva Braun's corpse from the study-office in the bunker, Kempka took the body from him and insisted on carrying it up himself, remarking that Bormann was carrying Braun "like a sack of potatoes" (Bormann and Braun had a mutual dislike). An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request. On 19th September, 1931, Geli Raubal was found dead in Hitler's apartment. Previously sponsored memorials or famous memorials will not have this option. Numerous fountains of soil plumed up. I teamed up with SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer Erich Kempka. In 1936 he replaced Julius Schreck as Hitler's primary chauffeur and chief of his car fleet. We have set your language to His candid memoirs offer a unique eyewitness account of events leading up to and during the war, culminating in those dark final days in the Führer’s headquarters, deep under the shattered city of Berlin. The Reich Chancellery was being shelled by the Russians. [12] Later, SS guards brought over additional cans of petrol to further burn the corpses. Just as we had carried Hitler out of his sitting room, now he lay there still wrapped in the grey blanket, legs towards the bunker stairway. Kempka had rented for her an apartment on the Kurfurstendamm and subsequently remained in touch with her, and in due course she had filtered down to Pension Post at Hintersee. [1] In 1934, he was present at the arrest of Ernst Röhm. I presumed they were dead, as I told the Russians repeatedly in numerous interrogations later. Now fifteen to twenty strong, once we realised we could not save our skins in this manner, we decided to go through the tramway tunnel. [9] Kempka and his men brought over eight to ten army petrol cans which had an estimated 180 to 200 litres of petrol and deposited them where they had been told to do so. At the 2008 military trial for Osama bin-Laden's driver, Salim Hamdan, the defense argued for his innocence, noting that Kempka was not tried as a war criminal for being a chauffeur for Hitler. You are only allowed to leave one flower per day for any given memorial. Later in July 1938, upon Kempka's directive a fully armor-plated Mercedes was built and delivered in time for Hitler's 50th birthday of 20 April 1939. The latter received an express order to contact me and arrange for enough fuel to immolate the bodies of Hitler and his wife: "I do not wish to be displayed after my death in a Russian panopticon like Lenin.". As I had been on familiar terms with Fegelein for years and he enjoyed Hitler's fullest confidence as Eva Braun's brother-in-law, I had no hesitation in agreeing to his request. As a result of the various fires in the parkland there was a fierce wind circulating which smothered our attempts to set the bodies alight from a few metres' distance. He was also promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General (SS-Gruppenfuehrer). It was Günsche. As his chauffeur Kempka usually drove one of Hitler's black Mercedes cars from a fleet of six to eight which were stationed in Berlin, Munich and other places. Make sure that the file is a photo. As white as chalk and distraught, he stared at me.... For God's sake, Otto, what is it? We have 2 volunteers within ten miles of your requested photo location. (Later Günsche told me that when Hitler's body collapsed across the table, it overturned the vase, and the water it contained flowed over Eva.). The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. Later Hitler’s car became protected by glass plates and bullet-proof armor. Use the links under “See more…” to quickly search for other people with the same last name in the same cemetery, city, county, etc. 12 march 1938 [16] The group followed a Tiger tank which spearheaded the first attempt to storm across the Weidendammer Bridge, but it was destroyed. His features had changed visibly. His features had changed visibly. 154, 160-182, 282. In full uniform we climbed through a window of the New Reich Chancellery cellar. I leaned out of the shaft and saw a German soldier. and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.com. He later referred to Eva Braun as "the unhappiest woman in Germany". Erich Kempka (16 September 1910 – 24 January 1975) was a member of the SS in Nazi Germany who served as Adolf Hitler's primary chauffeur from 1934 to April 1945.

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