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The Lost Life of Eva Braun (2006)

by Angela Lambert

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Found the book to depressing to press on with. Dumped after 50 or so pages. ( )
  eas | Mar 26, 2012 |
Story of Eva Braun, the mistress of Hitler.
The story, written by an English author who draws conclusions about Eva based on how her own German mother,who was the same age as Eva, responded to living in Germany through the War. Her mother did not know what was happening to the Jews or understood Hitlers destructive powers, and so too Eva did not know or care to know what Hitler was really doing. Was Eva a flighty blonde only interested in the latest fashion and waiting for Hitler to ask her to dinner or was she calculating women planning to keep Hitler at all costs?
The reader is taken from the time Eva first meets Hitler to the final scene in the Berlin Bunker.
For those readers who like "Histories Mysteries" the author supplies addresses of various places in Germany that are mentioned in the book. When I was in Munich, during the Summer of 2007, I went to the old part of the city and tried to find the building that housed the photography business that Eva worked at before she met Hitler I think the shop is now a bicycle repair shop.
The story was intersting, although the editing is spotty, especially the duplicate footnoes that I found disconcerting. ( )
  jeanie1 | Oct 29, 2007 |
An amazing insight not only into Eva Braun, but to Hitler himself and the functions of his inner circle. It redeems Eva's image while examining it's primary sources with a pinch of salt. It clearly states what is speculation and what is fact.
  winniek1 | Dec 31, 1969 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031236654X, Hardcover)

Eva Braun is one of history’s most famous nonentities. She has been dismissed as a racist, feathered-headed shop girl, yet sixty-two years after her death her name is still instantly recognizable. 

            She left her convent school at the age of seventeen and met Hitler a few months later.  She became his mistress before she was twenty. How did unsophisticated little Fraulein Braun, twenty-three years his junior, hold the most powerful man in Europe in an exclusive sexual relationship that lasted from 1932 until their joint suicide? Were they really lovers, and what were the background influences and psychological tensions of the middle-class Catholic girl from Munich who shared his intimate life? How can her ordinariness and apparent decency be reconciled with an unshakeable loyalty to the monster she loved?  

            She left almost no personal material or documents but her private diary and photograph albums show that her life with Hitler, far from being a luxurious sinecure, caused her emotional torture. His chauffeur called her “the unhappiest woman in Germany.”  The Führer humiliated her in public while the top Nazis’ wives, living in his privileged enclave on a Bavarian mountainside, despised her. Yet Albert Speer said: “She has been much maligned. She was very shy, modest. A man’s woman: gay, gentle, and kind; incredibly undemanding . . . a restful sort of girl. And her love for Hitler---as she proved in the end---was beyond question.”

            Eva loved the Führer, not for his power, nor because, thanks to him, she lived in luxury.  His material gifts were nothing compared with the one thing she really wanted:  his child.  She remained invisible and unknown, a nonperson. They were never seen in public together and she never saw him alone except in the bedroom, yet their long relationship was a sort of marriage. 

            Angela Lambert reveals a woman the world never knew until the last twenty-four hours of her life. In the small hours of April 29, 1945, as Allied troops raced to capture Berlin and the bunker below the Reichskanzlei where the defeated Nazi leaders were hiding, Eva Braun finally achieved her life’s ambition by becoming Hitler’s wife. Next day they both swallowed cyanide and died instantly. She was young, healthy, and thirty-three years old. 

            Based on detailed new research, this is an authoritative biography, only the second life of Eva written in English.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:00:00 -0400)

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Eva Braun is one of history's most famous nonentities. She has been dismissed as a racist, feather-headed shop girl, and yet six decades after her death her name is still instantly recognizable. She left her convent school at the age of seventeen and met Hitler a few months later. She became his mistress before she was twenty. How did unsophisticated little Fräulein Braun, 23 years his junior, hold the most powerful man in Europe in an exclusive relationship that lasted from 1932 until their joint suicide? Were they really lovers, and what were the background influences and psychological tensions of the middle-class Catholic girl from Munich who shared his intimate life? How can her ordinariness and apparent decency be reconciled with an unshakeable loyalty to the monster she loved?--From publisher description.… (more)

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