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Hitler's Last Secretary: A Firsthand Account of Life with Hitler Paperback – September 1, 2011
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This 250 page paperback is a first hand account of Traudl Junge's association with the administration of the Third Reich as her job as secretary to Adolf Hitler. She was in her early 20's when she landed the job in Berlin in 1943. Germany was losing the war yet in her position she was sheltered from the world around her and by her account she was protected by Hitler; he seemed to be a father figure to her, very caring and interesting to talk to.
She writes of her time in the Reich's Chancellery, the Berghof, and the Bunker in East Prussia. She speaks of the many characters she came in contact with and how Hitler's personality garnered respect from all he commanded. She rarely saw Hitler's dark side; he was the consumate entertainer and host in his home, held lunches and dinner's for 25 people, and traveled to see heads of state, and she was part of the entourage.
She was not an ardent Nazi, did not come close to the horrid SS women of Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, she simply was there for the job but admittedly in awe of the Fuhrer. She liked the idea of a national community and everybody working together for a better Germany. She saw Hitler as a genial host on one hand and military supreme commander on the other and had a difficult time reconciling this dichotomy. she believed Hitler lived for his mission, for the idealogy of national socialism for a greater Germany.Read more ›
The book is not meant to be a scholarly written book as to those times and events. It is interesting and gives the reader anecdotes and observations. The book is written mainly from the point of view of the (then) rather naive, non-political young woman who witnessed the decline and fall of both Hitler and Nazi Germany. A main source for the movie "Downfall".
Footnote: Much of the information put forth in the book above was covered by Mrs. Junge in her contributions to: "Voices From the Bunker" by Pierre Galante. However, "Voices From the Bunker" was not quite as detailed overall and further did not include pre-Hitler and post-Hitler information as to Mrs. Junge's life.
This book is a narrative illustrating that concept. Traudl Junge goes to work as a secretary for Hitler, not because of any burning ideological reasons, but simply because she wants to leave a job she dislikes. She wants to leave to become a dancer, but state regulations at the time require she do something that helps the state. Through a colleague related to Albert Bormann, she is invited to apply for the position of secretary for Hitler and is chosen from among several young women.
Here is where the story becomes absolutely fascinating and this is why: Junge wrote her account in 1947, only 2 years after the end of the war. While Hitler already was seen as an evil man by the Allies, the full extent of what had happened was just beginning to be known. So Junge has the freedom to simply detail her daily life with Hitler, unencumbered by the weighty responsibility she might have felt later on to villify him.
And so we see a Hitler who loves his German Shepherd,Blondi, and jokes with Eva Braun about how her two Scotch terriers are "nothing but a couple of dusting brushes"....a man who awkwardly tells young Traudl she should come to him if any of the young soldiers ever harass her... an wonderful conversationalist who loves to retell pranks he did as a young man....a father figure to Junge who made her feel protected. All in all, her experience was such that she decades later says, "I can still look back to that time with warm emotions.Read more ›
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An extremely well written almost daily account of Frau Junge's experience with the Adolph Hitler and those who were close to him both military and civilian. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Dennis Anderson
This is a good book. It is good because it is honest. It is good because it looks through the eyes of a woman at a world dominated and usually described only by men. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Thomas Dunskus
As I read Ms. Junge's account of her time with Hitler, especially as the war turned against the Nazis, I was struck by the similarities between how Hitler's entourage behaved and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrea Jensen
A surprisingly good read. A personal staff members account of her times next to Adolf Hitler. So close she did not see or know of the greater horrors being accomplished. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BobinPV
She was there and her story offers an opinion of Hitler seldom discussed or explored. In close contact with Hitler over the last years of the war her account disputes the most... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fascinating book by an eyewitness. It gives a feel for how people could fall under the spell of person like Hitler.Published 4 months ago by cracker