By ALAN COWELL
NYT | November 07, 1996
BONN, Nov. 6 — Artur Axmann, a former leader of the Hitler Youth who sent thousands of young Germans to fight the Red Army and who later claimed to have been the last person to see Hitler alive, died in Berlin on Oct. 24. He was 83.
His death was announced only on Monday after his burial at a secret location to prevent his tomb from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine, members of his family told German reporters.
Born in Hagen in 1913, Mr. Axmann was an early convert to Nazism, joining the Hitler Youth while still a 15-year-old high-school student, five years before Hitler came to power in 1933.
He distinguished himself in the eyes of Nazi superiors by organizing units of young workers modeled on early Communist labor union organizations, but with the task of seeking converts to National Socialism.
Such was his success that, by 1932, he had been called to Berlin to join the national leadership of the Hitler Youth, which was open to young Germans between the ages of 10 and 18.