On the other side of the fence, Hitler
, Goering, Goebbels, Hess
, Himmler, Bormann
, and Speer became famous as German leaders.
Hess & Bormann also achieved fame in the war; Hess because of his screwy flight to Britain and Bormann because of his shadowy dealings as the alleged "power behind the throne" while serving in a relatively minor position.
Martin Bormann - Shadowy German Leader
A shadowy figure who never made speeches but who became one of the most powerful leaders by working behind the scene.
power from his
close association with Hitler
, and he
has been described as the power behind the throne.
Bormann was a manipulator who worked in secret.
Early on, he
's assistant and, after Hess made his
ill-fated flight to England, Hitler
appointed Bormann head of the Nazi party chancellery, a position which provided him great opportunity to advance his
agenda which he
Because of his
close ties to Hitler
use of this closeness to advance his
was universally hated by the rest of the German leaders.
Borman kept track of Hitler's
every activity, even having Hitler's
table conversations recorded.
committed suicide in the bunker, Bormann
made a run for it and was apparently killed by a Soviet bullet as he
death has been disputed and the strongest rumor of the post-war era is that Bormann
escaped to South America.
At Nuremberg, Bormann
was sentenced to death in absentia.
At one point Speer and the fanatical Goebbels became partners in an attempt to counter the power of Martin Bormann
associates and to get a greater German effort in the war.
Some of Germany's
top leaders of the Second World War 2 - Speer, Goebbels, Himmler, and Bormann
- displayed a great deal of ability though most of their efforts were for a sinister cause.