In September 1945 the fate of Adolf Hitler was a mystery; he had been missing for four months. Hugh Trevor-Roper, an intelligence officer, was given the task of solving the mystery.
His brilliant piece of detective work not only proved finally that Hitler had killed himself in Berlin, but also produced a fascinating history book. The Last Days of Hitler tells the extraordinary story of those last days of the Thousand Year Reich in the Berlin Bunker, and records the finale to a terrible chapter of history.
Reviewed by Adam Sisman in Slightly Foxed Issue 61.
The Hunt for Hitler
I cannot now remember when I first read Hugh Trevor-Roper’s The Last Days of Hitler (1947). My memory is confused by the fact that I knew the author in old age and was to become his biographer; Trevor-Roper himself told me about the extraordinary circumstances in which he had come to write the book. In September 1945 he had been awaiting discharge from the army so that he could resume his pre-war role as an Oxford don, when he was asked to undertake an urgent investigation into the fate of the Führer . . .
Extract from Slightly Foxed Issue 61, Spring 2019
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