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A Firsthand Account of Life with Hitler
HitlersLastSecretaryFormat: eBook
Pub. Date: 2011
Type: Non-Fiction, History, Memoir
Pages: 272
Read: 2/8/2014
Rating: Liked it ♥♡

This book is not a definitive history of World War II, or the Third Reich, or even of Hitler, Traudl Junge makes many errors in the order of things and minor things that happened. It’s also not an attempt to make Hitler look human. It is an account of what it was like to live with Hitler the last few years of his life.

Traudl Junge did not involve herself in the politics of the day, she was more concerned with making a living, helping to support her family, and having some fun> She wanted to become a ballerina, even went to a dance academy but the war intervened. When her plans to become a ballerina fell through, she ended up being hired as a secretary by the Reich Chancellery, a job with good pay and to her young mind exciting. From there she becomes one of Hitler’s personal secretaries.

This is not an exciting book, mainly about the day to day life in the last days of Hitler’s life, Traudl Junge also writes about how Hitler was able to sway people to his way of thinking, remembering that this was written a few years after she mentions how at the time she felt a vague uneasiness, but couldn’t describe it but now realizes what was happening, how those in Hitler’s inner circle were influenced by his personality. There are many endnotes to explain who the people Traudl mentions are and also to explain events that happened differently from what she wrote. Traudle admits that in many places her memory is fuzzy.

An interesting book, well written but a little slow.

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