man was Reichsleiter Martin Bormann
, who had managed to gain an enormous amount
of power within the Nazi Party
was virtually unknown outside of the Party
elite as he
had worked in the shadows of Hitler
As the end of the war drew
near, many of the top Nazis were fleeing.
who, according to A. Zoller, "exercised absolute control
over the whole structure of the Reich" and yet, virtually unknown to the
public, was born June 17th, 1900.
He was born in Saxon to a Postal Clerk.
Bormann joined an anti-Semitic organization in 1920 and by 1923 he was a member
of the Freikorps.
During this period, he
was imprisoned for a year for murder
and one year after his
release Bormann joined the Nazi Party
as a financial
By 1933 he
had worked his
way to being made a Reichsleiter, a
to England, Bormann gladly inherited his position and became Hitler's deputy.
had many enemies in the Party and Goring explained that even Goebbels feared
him and his
power . Bormann
saw himself to be quite a noble character and in a
letter to his
wife dated April 2nd, 1945 he
wrote that, "if we are destined,
like the Nebeliung, to perish in King Attila's hall, then we go to death
proudly and with our heads held high.
For all his
bravado, as the time to
fight arrived, Bormann
made a frantic attempt to survive.
At the end of the war,