Martin Bormann

(1900—1945) German Nazi politician

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(b. 17 June 1900, d. 1 May 1945).

Secretary to Hitler 1943–5 Born in Halberstadt, he entered the Nazi Party in 1928 and rose quickly through its ranks to become deputy Rudolf Hess in 1933, whom he succeeded as head of the party machine, the Chancery, in 1941. Bormann became a key figure in the closing years of the Nazi regime. As Hitler's secretary he became the Führer's right‐hand man, controlling access to him and even the flow of information. He almost certainly died in Berlin when it was captured by the Red Army, though his body has never been found. In the Nuremberg Trials, he was sentenced to death in absentia.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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