Ritterkreuzträger and Kdr. of the SS-PzRgt 1 "LSSAH" SS-Stubaf. Jochen Peiper and Regiment's adjutant SS-Hstuf. Gerhard Nüske (in the middle) after Knight Cross ceremony for Michael Wittmann and Balthazar Woll on 18 January 1944 somewhere near Winniza (Ukraine)
Rochus Misch, who died on Sept 5, 2013 in Germany at age 96, was the last surviving Hitler bodyguard who witnessed the last moments of the dictator. Misch was in the Berlin bunker when Hitler shot himself and was operating the switchboard. He spent 8 years in Soviet captivity and returned to Germany in 1953.His memoir in German, Der letzte Zeuge (The Last Witness), was published in 2008.