Probably the noblest moment of their lives

This is from page 1132 of William Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich:

Evening had now come, the last of Adolf Hitler's life. He instructed Frau
Junge, one of his secretaries, to destroy the remaining papers in his
files and he sent out word that no one in the bunker was to go to bed
until further orders. This was interpreted by all as meaning that he
judged the time had come to make his farewells. But it was not until
long after midnight, at about 2:30 A.M. of April 30, as several
witnesses recall, that the Fuehrer emerged from his private quarters
and appeared in the general dining passage, where some twenty persons,
mostly the women members of his entourage, were assembled. He walked
down the line shaking hands with each and mumbling a few words that
were inaudible. There was a heavy film of moisture on his eyes and, as
Frau Junge remembered, "they seemed to be looking far away, beyond the
walls of the bunker."

After he retired, a curious thing happened. The tension broke which had been building up to an almost
unendurable point in the bunker broke, and several persons went to the
canteen—to dance. The weird party soon became so noisy that word was
sent from the Fuehrer's quarters requesting more quiet. The Russians
might come in a few hours and kill them all—though most of them were
already thinking of how they could escape—but in the meantime for a
brief spell, now that the Fuehrer's strict control of their lives was
over, they would seek pleasure where and how they could find it. The
sense of relief among these people seems to have been enormous and they
danced on through the night.

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