Erich Kempka was a member of the SS in Nazi Germany. He served as Adolf Hitler’s primary chauffeur from 1934 to 1945. He was present in the area of the Reich Chancellery on 30 April 1945, when Hitler shot himself in the Führerbunker.
About Erich Kempka in brief
Erich Kempka was a member of the SS in Nazi Germany. He served as Adolf Hitler’s primary chauffeur from 1934 to April 1945. He was present in the area of the Reich Chancellery on 30 April 1945, when Hitler shot himself in the Führerbunker. He delivered the petrol to the garden behind the ReichChancellery where the remains of Hitler and Eva Braun were burned. Kempka joined the Nazi Party on 1 April 1930 as member #225,639. In 1934, he was present at the arrest of Ernst Röhm. In 1936, with the death of Julius Schreck, Kempka became Hitler’s primary chauffur. In 1938, upon Kempka’s directive, a fully armor-plated Mercedes was built and delivered in time for Hitler’s 50th birthday of 20 April 1939. He oversaw a fleet of 40 vehicles, 60 drivers and mechanics.
In 1945, as the end of Nazi Germany drew near, Kempkas accompanied Hitler to the Reichchancellery and later the Fuehrer bunker. On 20 April, ten days before Hitler’s suicide, he briefly wished the Fürrer a happy birthday and spent about fifteen minutes with him. At one time he had been engaged to Gerda Daranowski, a private secretary of Hitler’s. She later married Luftwaffe officer Eckhard Christian on 2 February 1943. On 1 December 1937, Kempkas joined the Lebensborn society. He was awarded a Totenkopfring and the SS Honor Sword from Heinrich Himmler. He came across the badly wounded SS-Obersturmbannhüber Georg Betzmer and left him in the care of a dental surgeon.