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Martin Bormann was a prominent Nazi who served as Private Secretary to Adolf Hitler and by the early 1940s had become head of the Parteikanzlerei Party Chancellery Despite his apparent lack of skill and imprisonment for murder in the 1920s Bormann rose through the German ranks eventually wielding a huge amount of power in administering Hitlers personal finances paperwork appointments and ultimately controlling all information However although Hitler described him as his most faithful Party comrade Bormanns exact role remains shrouded in mystery and conjecture and continues to be a source of debate among historians Personal Life and Background Martin Bormann son of a former Prussian regimental sergeant-major was born on June 17th 1900 in Halberstadt Central Germany Brought up by his mother and step-father a prominent bank director he began to form a strong view that German culture was superior to all others from an early age At the age of nine his family moved to Weimar the then capital of Germany and notorious for its public and violent anti-Semitism an atmosphere that was to heavily influence Bormanns ideology He attended the local secondary school for several years before dropping out prematurely to work on a farming estate After serving briefly as a cannoneer in a field artillery regiment at the end of World War I Bormann soon joined the rightist Rossbach Freikorps in Mecklenburg In March 1924 he was sentenced to one year imprisonment as an accomplice of Rudolf H in the vengeance murder of Walther Kadow a supposed betrayer of the proto-Nazi Leo Schlageter to the French occupation authorities in the Ruhr He married Gerda a rabid Nazi and daughter of Supreme Party Judge Walter Buch in 1929 with whom he had ten children the eldest christened Adolf in honour of his godfather However in letters to his wife Bormann speaks often of his mistresses and seems almost proud of his numerous acts of adultery
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