Hitler's Interpreter

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Paul Otto Schmidt was an interpreter in the German foreign ministry for more than 20 years, serving Hitler at key foreign policy encounters. He served as the translator for Chamberlain’s negotiations with Hitler over the Munich agreement, the British Declaration of War, the signature of the Nazi-Soviet Pact and the surrender of France. During the war years he served as Hitler’s aide for meetings with Petain, Francisco Franco and others. He was arrested in May 1945 and testified at the Nuremberg Trials. He was released by the Americans in 1948. His memoirs present an atmospheric, detailed, portrait of the highest level of the Third Reich. This is the first full translation of his memoirs.


Paul Schmidt (1899-1970) was an interpreter in the German foreign ministry, in 1923–45. Roger Moorhouse is a historian of the Third Reich. He is the author of Berlin at War, Hitler Triumphant, Killing Hitler, and The Devils' Alliance.