The Escape of Martin Bormann

Topics: Adolf Hitler, Nazi Germany / Pages: 9 (2032 words) / Published: Apr 1st, 2013
Martin Bormann was an outstanding Nazi serving as a Private Secretary to Adolf Hitler who had managed to gain considerable power within the Nazi Party. Nobody knew him outside of the
Party elite since he had worked in the shadows of Hitler. Bormann became the Head of the Party
Chancellery by 1940. He was imprisoned for murder in 1920s and didn’t posses any prominent skills but despite this fact, he had managed to rise through the German ranks and gain an enormous power in Hitler’s administration taking care of his personal finances, paperwork and eventually all information relating to his dictatorship. Despite Hitler describing him as his “most faithful Party comrade”,

Martin Bormann, son of a former Prussian regimental sergeant-major, was born on June
17th 1900 in Halberstadt, Central Germany. Brought up by his mother and step-father, a prominent bank director, he began to form a strong view that German culture was superior to all others from an early age. At the age of nine his family moved to Weimar, the then capital of Germany and notorious for its public and violent anti-Semitism, an atmosphere that was to heavily influence Bormann 's ideology. He attended the local secondary school for several years before dropping out prematurely to work on a farming estate. After serving briefly as a cannoneer in a field artillery regiment at the end of World
War I, Bormann soon joined the rightist Rossbach Freikorps in Mecklenburg.

He married Gerda (a rabid Nazi and daughter of Supreme Party Judge, Walter Buch) in 1929 with whom he had ten children, the eldest christened Adolf, in honour of his godfather. However, in letters to his wife Bormann speaks often of his mistresses and seems almost proud of his numerous acts of adultery.

On February 17 1927, Bormann joined the Nazi Party as member number 60,508. His first role was as regional press officer for the NSDAP in Thuringia, and



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