World War 2 Stories for Sheffield

                       Derek Eastwood 

Hitler's Bodyguard

By actiondesksheffield

People in story: Dereck Eastwood
Unit name: Youth Hostel Association
Background to story: Civilian Force


This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Bill Ross of the ‘Action Desk – Sheffield’ Team on behalf of Dereck Eastwood.



My father was a member of the Youth Hostel Association, and then in the 1930’s, he developed a pen friend relationship with someone from Germany. In 1933, my father went to a camp in Germany (a brown shirt camp) with his pen friend, and in a letter sent to my father from Essen on the 29th December in 1933, the pen friend wrote:

“Dear Mr Eastwood,
I received you most welcome Christmas Greetings and thank you very much for it. I am very pleased to receive it and glad to think that you remembered me. I am very sorry that I have not written before, but you are correct that it is my heavy SA service that keeps me from corresponding more often. Now I wish you a happy new year with the German Greetings “Heil Hitler.”

Yours truly,

 On the opposite page of the letter, there is a picture of the young Hitler “Germany’s Great Leader”.

Later on, this pen friend became one of Hitler’s personal bodyguards and in early 1940 he sent a package to my parents, enclosing an armband and pendant for them to display when the Germans invaded, saying, "If this is displayed, they will remain safe." My mother was very upset about this and she destroyed that arm band, but we still have the pendant which was sent to us for display on the car, so that when the car is travelling along the road, it displays a swastika on both sides.


                                                                                                                          The penfriend's family