MARTIN BORMANN (1900 –1945)

Head of the Nazi Party Chancellery and private secretary to Adolf Hitler. He gained Hitler’s trust and derived immense power within the Third Reich by controlling access to the Führer and by regulating the orbits of those closest to him. On 1 May, 1945, after Hitler’s suicide, Bormann left the Berlin bunker with SS doctor Ludwig Stumpfegger and Hitler Youth leader Artur Axmann as part of a group attempting to break out of the Soviet encirclement. He was never seen again.

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