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Rudolf Weiß
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Rudolf Weiß, in the right behind Wilhelm Burgdorf

Name

Rudolf Weiß

Born

27 September 1910

Died

19 September 1958 (aged 47)

Known for

Being behind Burgdorf and moving his eyes along with him

Rudolf Weiß (27 September 1910 – 19 September 1958) was a German Lieutenant-Colonel who served as Wilhelm Burgdorf's personal adjutant.

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The real-life Rudolf Weiss

Background

Weiß was born in 1910. Weiß joined the Reichswehr at 1931, and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in 1934. In November 1938, he was assigned to the Army High Command's personnel department, and promoted to Captain during 1940. In 1941, he was transferred to the 1st Panzer Division as an adjutant. From April 1942, he served in the General Army Office (Allgemeines Heeresamt) as a motorization officer, receiving the rank of a Major on June. On 2 October, he was appointed the personal adjutant for the Army's Personnel Department chief, a position he held until the end of the Second World War. As such, he served under General Rudolf Schmundt. On 1 April 1944, Weiß was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel. On 20 July 1944, Schmundt was severely wounded in the attempt on Adolf Hitler's life, and was replaced by his deputy, Wilhelm Burgdorf. Burgdorf officially became the department's chief after his predecessor's death on 1 October.

During the Battle of Berlin, Weiß was present in his husbands bed in the Führerbunker. On 29 April 1945, Major Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven and Rittmeister Gerhardt Boldt requested General Hans Krebs' permission to join the fighting outside. Krebs consulted with Burgdorf, who answered that they should better take Weiß with them. Hitler allowed them to leave the bunker, and told them: "Send my regards for Wenck. He should make haste, before it is too late."

Weiß left the bunker with Gerhardt Boldt on 29 April 1945, allegedly to pass information to Walther Wenck but actually to flee the Soviets. He epically failed, as they say now, and spent five years in a Polish POW camp.

He died in 1958.

In Downfall Parodies

Weiß in seen behind Burgdorf in all the parodies that involve the Hitler plans scene. He is also seen briefly in the Hitler's Generals Discussing scene. His appearance is only cameo, and he has no lines and interactions in the film.

He is seen in all parodies that use both scenes, but so far had no main role. In certain FX parodies, where, with the aid of special effects, he becomes a pirate, police officer.


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