Did he commit suicide? Did he escape from Germany to Argentina? Did he actually have a special bunker made for himself in Antarctica? The theories surrounding the last days of Adolf Hitler are numerous. As are the books written about them. Some have been praised, some reviled. Some are readable, others less so (Hitler on the moon? Sorry, folks, we are not buying that one). If you are interested in the end of the man Germany called Der Fuhrer, here are seven books that are definitely worth reading:
The Last Days of Hitler
By Hugh Trevor-Roper
Trevor-Roper had been assigned to investigate the death of Hitler by the British intelligence. He interviewed several people and sifted through mounds of evidence. Many question his conclusions, but for many others, this remains the single most authoritative book on Adolf Hitler’s death. It certainly is one of the best-written.
James P. O’Donnell
This is the perfect book for those who want to know how life in Hitler’s bunker was. O’Donnell, a former soldier, describes Hitler’s routine in detail as well as the lives of those who were living with him, as well as their respective fates after Hitler committed suicide. Goebbels, Eva Braun, Hitler’s secretaries…they are all here.
Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler
By Simon Dunstan and Gerrard William
By far the most authoritative debunking of the Hitler suicide theory that we have read, Grey Wolf claims that Hitler got away from Germany and lived in Argentina, before passing away in 1959. The authors back up their claims with lots of evidence, making this the kind of book that will spark endless debate. Read our full review (shameless plug) here.
Inside Hitler’s Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich
By Joachim Fest
Joachim Fest’s biography of Hitler is considered among the best. And his analysis of the final days of the Third Reich lives up to his reputation as he walks the reader through the events that led to the fall of Berlin and the fate of the main characters. It is a world coming to an end, and Fest presents it brilliantly.
The Last 100 Days
By John Toland
Perhaps no one has written about the Second World War as well as John Toland (who incidentally, has also written a highly-acclaimed biography of Adolf Hitler) and his detailing of the final hundred days of the Nazi regime are nothing short of spell-binding. Astounding detail, brilliant narration. A must-read even if you are not interested in Hitler and his death.
The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany
By Ian Kershaw
Ian Kershaw’s double volume biography of Hitler was praised for the manner in which he analysed Hitler’s charisma and his ability to hold a nation together. And this is how it all came apart – Kershaw details the events between Stauffenberg’s attempts to kill Hitler in 1944 to the fall of Berlin a year later. At almost 600 pages, this is one of the most detailed and analytical looks at the last days of the Nazis and their leader.
Hitler’s Fate: The Final Story
By HD Baumann
Baumann punches holes in the official “Hitler suicide” and claims that the dictator and Eva Braun actually managed to escape to Argentina and live peacefully. And he does manage to make a good case for it. Definitely worth reading for those wanting to argue about the death of Der Fuhrer. This is not a crackpot conspiracy theory author writing, but one trying to back up theories with evidence.