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Martin Bormann

Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler
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Net worth 2018: $18 Million
Industry: War Criminals
Residence: Wegeleben
Country: German
BirthDay: 17 June 1900
Sigh: Cancer
Died On: May 2, 1945

Martin Bormann was bornon 17 June 1900 in Wegeleben, German, is Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler. Martin Bormann was the private secretary of Adolf Hitler and head of the Nazi Party Chancellery. Due to his proximity to Hitler, he enjoyed immense power and influence, so much so that, by the end of Second World War he was the second most important Nazi leader. He joined the Nazi party in 1927 and with his shrewd business acumen, made his way to the inner circle of Hitler. For close to a decade, he served as chief of staff in the office of Deputy Führer, Rudolf Hess. However, in this period, he also caught the Führer’s attention and became his personal favourite in matters of flow of information and management of finance. He began to accompany Hitler everywhere Hitler went and eventually got accepted into the party’s decision making committee, finalising appointments and promotions of officers. Racist and anti-Christian, he lobbied for measures to suppress the Jews and Slavic people, and curbed the power of the Church. He signed the notorious decree of the permanent ‘Final Solution’ for Greater Germany which recommended the ruthless extermination of Jews in Nazi death camps. He remained loyal to Hitler till the end and died under mysterious circumstances, trying to flee the Soviet encirclement. At the time of death, he was carrying a copy of Hitler's last will and testament.


His remains were finally cremated and the ashes scattered in the Baltic Sea on 16 August 1999


Genetic testing on fragments of the skull was conducted in 1998 and it confirmed the skull as that of Bormann


Facial reconstruction was undertaken in early 1973 on both skulls to confirm the identities of the bodies


On 7 December 1972, construction workers discovered human remains near Lehrter station, West Berlin


Gerda Bormann survived the war but died of cancer on 26 April 1946, in Italy


Following Hitler’s suicide on April 30, 1945 he was named Party Minister in accordance with Hitler's last wishes


On April 12, 1943, Hitler officially appointed him as his Personal Secretary


Among other announcements, he signed the decree of October 9, 1942 that recommended the extermination of prisoners in Nazi death camps as permanent ‘Final Solution’ for Greater Germany


As a result, the ‘Edict on Criminal Law Practices against Poles and Jews in the Incorporated Eastern Territories’ was passed in 1941 which legalized physical punishment and death sentences even for minor crimes


He was the personal favourite of the Führer and served as his Personal Secretary from 1935 onwards


Also, in October 1933, Hitler named him ‘Reichsleiter’ of NSDAP and in November 1933, he was elected as Reichstag deputy


By 1930, insurance companies were increasingly refusing to pay the frequent claims made by injured NSDAP members


Martin Bormann married Gerda Buch, daughter of Major Walter Buch, on September 2, 1929


From 1928 to 1930, he also founded the ‘National Socialist Automobile Corps’ which oversaw the utilization of donated motor vehicles and training of members in automotive skills


Around 1927, Martin Bormann joined the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) or the Nazi Party in Thuringia


In March 1924, he was sentenced to a year's imprisonment for being Rudolf Hoss’s partner in the murder of Walther Kadow who had allegedly betrayed the proto-Nazi martyr Leo Schlageter to the French in the Ruhr


In 1922, he joined the Freikorps organisation in Mecklenburg, headed by rightist Gerhard Rossbach


He quit his studies at an agricultural trade high school to join the 55th Field Artillery Regiment in June 1918


Martin Bormann was born on June 17, 1900 in Wegeleben, Germany to Theodor Bormann, a Prussian regimental sergeant-major who later became a post-office employee and his second wife, Antonie Bernhardine Mennong

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