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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books (January 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848326084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848326088
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First printed in 1955 on his release from Allied imprisonment this fly-on-the-wall account by court photographer Heinrich Hoffmann documents Hitler's private life and inner circle. Loathed by Goebbels and Bormann due to his apolitical nature, the author was the Nazi leader's confidant and lightening rod. Hitler Was My Friend becomes increasingly absorbing as the dictator's numerous wartime crises deepen but do not expect insights on the major strategic or operational decisions as Hoffmann was neither present nor involved. - Soldier Magazine

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Throughout he keeps his humour and humanity.
Devil's Advocate
The details of his own life are narrated with the rise of NSism in the background and the obviously very significant friendship he and AH shared.
Martin
The memoirs of H. Hoffman are an excellent account of his and Hilter's life from the early 20's through 1945.
Roni H. Angel

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Martin on October 19, 2012
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Most of the books on my 20th century history shelf are on politics, campaign strategy and the like. This little volume is an exception to these, and all the better for it as a pleasant and yet valid view from an engaging writer who is obviously a decent as well as a talented gentleman.

Mr Hoffman's book is not only, or perhaps even mostly, about Adolf Hitler. But it does contribute (mainly by inference) on the character of the Leader of National-Socialist Germany and transmits the hope that that nation then had. The details of his own life are narrated with the rise of NSism in the background and the obviously very significant friendship he and AH shared. In our sad day of cynicism and negativity, it is refreshing to read of an apparently genuine friendship such as this. It is enlightening as to the characters of both the friends and may go against what we are (constantly it seems) told about one of them.

Photo's are of course part of the book, including one of AH in shorts. He apparently forbade HH to publish this as being unsuitable to a National Leader. Many others of interest also.

All in all a very worthwhile purchase and recommended to all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edmund P. Leigh on January 17, 2014
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Heinrich Hoffmann was Hitler's official photographer. He was totally non political. Although he was an expert professional photographer he had no real interest in politics but he became Hitler's buddy. When Albert Speer said in his memoirs that if Hitler had a friend it would have been Mr.Speer he was mistaken. Hitler needed someone who was not into politics but whom he could talk about art and somebody he could trust. Heinrich was basically Hitler's view to the average person of Germany; somebody who had little ambition, somebody whom he could talk about trivial hobby stuff and who would not even understand much of what Hitler was really doing. Many of us have a similar type friend......someone we can talk about sports or art or just everyday topics but may not understand what you do professionally. But here is the key word about this unusual relationship..........Hitler trusted Heinrich probably because he was there at the beginning of Hitler's politcal career and at one time Heinrich and Hitler were almost assassinated together by an armed robber on the road to Munich before WW II got started. The armed robber shot at Hitler's car putting 3 holes in the rear of the vehicle but missing the personnel (i.e Hitler and Heinrich).

Heinrich was the buddy that Hitler could call at 2:00 AM in the morning to go places and they did so. What is fascinating is that Hoffman does not really fully understand a lot of what is going on until later when someone fills him on the big picture. Heinrich is in demand for special favors from others like the General Staff because he has the ear of the "Fuhrer" and Hitler will often do favors for him when everybody else gets a tongue lashing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roni H. Angel on May 16, 2013
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The memoirs of H. Hoffman are an excellent account of his and Hilter's life from the early 20's through 1945. He provides an exceptional account of the Third Reich and it's cast of characters. There are many conversations and events detailed to include intimate feelings and conversations with AH. All subjects are touched; history, art, music, photography, love and war.

Of all the memoirs I've read (and I've read all of them) this one is by far the best account. Again, if you interested in subject then you should defiantly purchase this book, you will enjoy it!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Devil's Advocate on September 8, 2012
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This is a real treat of a book.
A totally unique view of Hitler from his personal photographer.
I expected to dislike Hoffman having heard him described as a drunkard and an opportunist by those "worthy" historians whose books never fail to induce a coma...paging Mr Kershaw, paging Mr Evans etc.
Instead we have a gregarious, good-natured, self-effacing, forgiving man who charmed all he knew and who ended up in an extraordinary historical vantage point through sheer chance.
Enjoy his trips with the Fuhrer along the back-roads of Bavaria, his introduction of the Fuhrer to Eva Braun, his meeting with Stalin!!, his jousts with Bormann and Goebbels and his dramatic decline and fall.
For Hitler he was part friend, part court jester.
He was released by the Americans and acquitted of all charges, only to be harassed by the new German WitchFinders.
Throughout he keeps his humour and humanity.
Definitely a must-invite to any fantasy dinner party...but bring lots of grog and cigars!!
Wonderful stuff. I salute you Herr Hoffmann!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Renfrew Fan on January 28, 2014
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Herr Hoffmann was no dummy. He knew who he was dealing with for all those years, and yet he was able to compartmentalize his relationship with Hitler such that he could provide a realistic and objective portrait of the twentieth century's most influential figure. He occupied a unique position in the Fuhrer's coterie of official and unofficial companions. Probably as close to an intellectual peer as Hitler had readily available to him, Hoffmann's emotional stability, self-assurance and genial personality allowed him to successfully navigate around and through a host of self-promoters and sycophants who surrounded the Fuhrer without compromising his own moral fiber. His influence on Hitler, although limited, was always positive.

For those who can appreciate the gravity and import of Hitler's effect on history while maintaining a fascination for the facts and details of his life, this book provides a wealth of information untainted by the hatred, affected or otherwise, influencing virtually all other authors. Hoffmann was a photographer with an artist's sensibilities and even as photographs (at least in those days) don't lie, neither did Hoffmanns portrayal of this lightning rod of leftist ire.
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