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QWho was Eva Braun actually? Sometimes described as a scatterbrained doll, an bold younger lady caught in an affair which shortly overwhelmed her or perhaps a lady underneath the affect of the Führer, her intimate and tragic life has by no means ceased to be dissected. A brand new testimony sheds new mild on his emotions and his character: that of Christa Schroeder, who was considered one of Adolf Hitler's 4 non-public secretaries, however one of many oldest in his service from 1933 to 1945, and whose the Memoirs are lastly revealed in French – “He was my boss”revealed by Perrin.

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An complete chapter is dedicated to Eva Braun, whom Schroeder meets for the primary time on the Berghof, Hitler's lair, in 1933. It has been two years for the reason that younger lady entered Hitler's life, simply after the suicide of Geli Raubal, the niece and first secret ardour of the Führer.

The latter met Eva, 23 years his junior, within the studio of his official photographer Hoffmann, for whom she works as an assistant. “Outwardly gentle, blond and feminine, she possessed a lot of energy and will,” wrote the dictator’s secretary.


But she portrays her above all as an intriguer who “weaves her web”: in 1932, Eva tried suicide in her flip, which didn’t fail to shock Hitler. According to Christa Schroeder, throughout the reunion with the Führer, the younger lady took care to placed on make-up “so that she appeared in distress” and “very pale”.

“Hitler was convinced that he had not given him any reason to justify his action. But the thought that once again the suicide of a young girl might cast a shadow over him was unbearable in view of his political career, she wrote. Eva understood this perfectly with feminine insight. Hitler had no choice, after this blackmail, but to deal with Eva Braun. »

In reality, everything opposes them: she smokes, dances, likes to laugh and eat well, wears makeup… In short, everything he disapproves of. Even their dogs since Eva has two Scottish terriers, Stasi and Negus, which the dictator – who swears only by German shepherds – nicknames “the brushes”. But Hitler likes to encompass himself with lovely girls and Eva shouldn’t be annoying… On the opposite hand, she all the time stays within the shadows: there isn’t a query of formalizing their relationship, the Führer should formally dedicate himself completely to his folks. “She wasn't much, but she was content with that,” summed up Hans Baur, Hitler's pilot.

Hermann Fegelein, the seducer

But Schroeder's assistant goes additional: considerably uncared for, Eva would have had an actual crush on Hermann Fegelein, Himmler's liaison officer, a soulless SS man recognized for his cruelty who desires of being invited to lunch on the Berghof. Ambitious and seductive, he made a “great impression” on Hitler’s mistress, if we’re to imagine his phrases reported by the secretary. “A few years ago, the Chief [Hitler, NDLR] said: “If you ever fall in love with another man, let me know and I will set you free.” If I had met Fegelein ten years in the past, I’d have begged the Chief to let me go! »

Eva will then maneuver in order that he marries his personal sister Gretl, whom she had beforehand tried to arrange with males from Hitler's entourage. Fegelein accepts, he sees the benefit of becoming a member of the primary circle of energy and the marriage takes place on June 3, 1944, adopted by a reception within the eagle's nest which overlooks Berchtesgaden. “I want this wedding to be as wonderful as if it were mine!” » then confides the Führer’s mistress.

As a intelligent word, the secretary shortly detects their complicity, particularly once they occur to bounce collectively. “I remember an unforgettable image that I kept deep in my eyes. At the end of a dance, Fegelein lifted Eva with both arms to chest height, and they both looked at each other with eyes full of tenderness and melancholy. Eva obviously felt very attracted to Fegelein. I'm sure her feelings for him went well beyond those you have for a brother-in-law, but I don't think they had a relationship. »

Run away together?

In February 1945, they found themselves in the Berlin chancellery, while the IIIe Reich is dying. The two often spend time together around a drink and the phonograph, fighting against “the overly invasive passionate feelings that attracted them to each other.” And when Fegelein plans to run away, he asks Eva to join him. “The fact that, after deserting his post at the Reich Chancellery in April 1945, Fegelein telephoned Eva Braun and implored her to ‘leave the chancellery and come find him’ corroborates my assumptions and observations,” writes Christa Schroeder. Eva refuses and Fegelein is shot for treason on Hitler's orders.

In the meantime, she realized that her brother-in-law was arrested within the firm of a lady in his Berlin condominium. Grief and bitterness would have pushed her to comply with put an finish to it too… “Her decision to die alongside Hitler was certainly much easier to make knowing that Fegelein was dead,” concluded the Führer's secretary. .

Having left a number of days earlier than the suicide of Hitler and Eva Braun, Christa Schroeder lastly discovered refuge in Berchtesgaden and ended up captured by the Americans, who will clearly query her as a key witness. Interned then tried as a easy stenotypist, she was launched in 1948.

“He was my boss,” by Christa Schroeder, with the contribution of François Kersaudy, éditions Perrin, 22 euros.