The author of this work, Prof. Ernst Hanisch of Salzburg University, is not only a historian but an expert on National Socialism. lt was our aim to present the events without illusions and in an unbiased and balanced way. Obersalzberg was no mountain paradise, no isle of oblivion far from the events of the world. Adolf Hitler lived here, a man whose unscrupulousness, craze for power and racial hatred led to war and destruction, as well as to the persecution and killing of countless people. lt is here that decisions were made that sealed the fate of millions of human beings and that still carry their repercussions throughout the world. The reader should always bear this in mind. Even 70 years can in no way alter the responsibility of those in power at the time. The events should never be forgotten!