Hitler dating

How can a woman have a relationship with a man who is in many ways the embodiment of evil? There is no more troubling way of viewing the Nazi leaders than in examining the women who loved them.

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From Eva’s letters, we learn that her parents disapproved, and that Hitler would frequently ignore her in public, merely passing her an envelope of money at the end of the evening.

When she was finally allotted a room in the Berlin Chancellery, she was forced to use a back entrance in case anyone saw her.

Hitler and his henchmen tried their hardest to keep Eva out of the spotlight, and forbade any picture of her to be published, because they were keen to project the idea that he was “married to Germany”.

Yet Eva herself ensured the opposite for posterity.

She was an early adopter of cine-film and made endless home movies.

Today she would have been constantly on Facebook, Instagramming her meals and taking selfies at the Berghof.

One of her more astonishing ambitions was to star one day in a “bio-pic” of her life with the man she liked to call “Wolf”.

Albert Speer, one of Hitler’s confidants, wrote that Eva Braun would prove “a great disappointment to historians”.

She may disappoint historians, but the woman who was Frau Hitler for just 24 hours, before engaging in a joint suicide pact in 1945, has proved an enduring fascination for other writers.

In the latest attempt to understand the mentality that attracted an ordinary young woman to the megalomaniac dictator, Martin Amis, in promoting his novel The Zone of Interest, has volunteered the idea that the pair had sex without removing their clothes.

As a writer whose new novel also concerns Eva Braun, I can sympathise with the frustration that understanding her raises.

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