9780312378653

The Lost Life of Eva Braun

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312378653

  • ISBN10:

    0312378653

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-04-15
  • Publisher: Griffin
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Summary

The inner lives of the top Nazis and their families, Hitler's famous mistress---ultimately his wife---comes to three-dimensional life in this penetrating and critically acclaimed biography.She left her convent school at the age of seventeen and met Hitler a few months later. She became his mistress before age twenty. They remained in an exclusive sexual relationship from 1932 until their joint suicides at the end of the war. Hitler's chauffeur called her "the unhappiest woman in Germany." The Fuhrer humiliated her in public while the top Nazis' wives 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." This authoritative biography, only the second life of Eva Braun written in English, based on detailed new research, opens a new window on life at the cold heart of the Nazi leadership.

Author Biography

Angela Lambert was born to a German mother and an English father. She studied at Oxford and worked as a civil servant, journalist, and TV reporter. Her first book was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize. 

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Never Such Innocence Again
The First Strange and Fatal Interviewp. 3
Eva's Familyp. 16
Eva, Goethe, Schubert and Bambip. 26
Tedious Lessons and Rebellious Gamesp. 35
Hitler's Childhoodp. 55
Adolf to Fuhrer, Schoolgirl to Mistress
Eva Becomes Fraulein Braun, Hitler Becomes Fuhrerp. 71
Bavaria, the German Idyllp. 91
Geli and Hitler and Evap. 100
Dying to Be with Hitlerp. 125
Diary of a Desperate Womanp. 148
The Photograph Albums and Home Moviesp. 161
Mistress-in-Waiting
Eva Leaves Homep. 177
Mistressp. 191
1936 - Germany on Display: The Olympicsp. 211
The Best Years: Idling at the Berghof
The Women on the Bergp. 225
Three, Three, the Rivals ...p. 235
1937-9 - Eva at the Berghof: 'A Golden Cage'p. 253
1938-9 - The Last Summers of Peacep. 271
The War Years
1939 - War Approachesp. 281
Waiting for Hitler to Win the Warp. 298
Eva, Gretl and Fegeleinp. 311
1941-3 - What Could Eva Have Known?p. 323
... What Could Eva Have Done?p. 340
What Hitler Didp. 358
Culmination
February 1944-January 1945 - Eva at the Berghof with Gertraudp. 371
The Stauffenberg Plot and its Consequencesp. 390
In the Bunkerp. 401
Hitler's Last Standp. 433
Frau Hitler for Thirty-six Hoursp. 451
Aftermathp. 460
Acknowledgementsp. 467
Select Bibliographyp. 470
Appendix Ap. 476
Indexp. 477
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