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Eva Braun took a lot of trouble to amuse the Führer. Once she tried to draw the photographer Walter Frentz and her friend Herta into a conversation about new films. Hitler began quietly whistling a tune. Eva Braun said, ‘You’re not whistling that properly, it goes like this.’ And she whistled the real tune. ‘No, no, I’m right,’ said the Führer. ‘I bet you I’m right,’ she replied. ‘You know I never bet against you because I’ll have to pay in any case,’ said Hitler. ‘If I win I must be magnanimous and refuse to take my winnings, and if she wins I have to pay her,’ he explained to the rest of us. ‘Then let’s play the record and you’ll see,’ suggested Eva Braun. Albert Bormann was the adjutant on duty. He rose and put the record in question - I forget what it was - on the gramophone. We all listened hard and intently, and Eva Braun turned out to be right. She was triumphant. ‘Yes,’ said Hitler. ‘So you were right, but the composer composed it wrong. If he’d been as musical as me then he’d have composed my tune.’ We all laughed, but I do believe Hitler meant it seriously.
—  Traudl Junge, Until the Final Hour: Hitler’s Last Secretary

Hitler’s bunker, April 22, 1945. Hitler holds a final “situation conference” with the chiefs of the three armed services. He becomes hysterical, cursing his generals and denouncing them as traitors, and then he collapses into a chair, sobbing. He retreats to his private quarters, then summons his secretaries, his personal diet cook, and Eva Braun. With his face pale and expressionless, “like a death mask,” he tells them to get ready, and that in an hour’s time a plane will take them south. “Es ist alles verloren, huffnongslos verloren,” he says. (“All is lost, hopelessly lost.”) Eva walks over to the Fuhrer, takes both of his hands and smiles sweetly. She looks into his eyes and says, “as if talking to a sad child,” “Come on, you know I’m staying with you. I won’t let you send me away.” Hitler’s eyes light up when he understands that his thirty-three-year old mistress is going to die with him, that he can poison her (and his adored dog, Blondi) before he shoots himself. For the first time, after fifteen years of barely acknowledging her in front of high-ups in his trusted entourage, he kisses Eva right on the mouth. Traudl Junge

The nights of bombing, Hitler called her by phone from the General Headquarters and requires her to take refuge in the bunker. When Eva was at home in Munich, the Fuhrer had a hard time and could not hide his concern: “She’s brave, my Eva, but reckless. I beg her strongly to stay in my house, which is more solid, but she’s so stubborn”
—  To The Last Hour: Hitler’s Last Secretary by Traudl Junge (2002)

The following is part of an interview with Hitler’s secretary, Traudul Junge, who was with him from Autumn of 1942 until the collapse of the Nazi regime. 

Junge: That can really only happen when a tyrannical system is so well-established, that it can dominate the entire fabric of society. And the Germans are good at organizing.

Interviewer: People’s consciences too? 

Junge: Yes. You see, that’s an area where Hitler did a huge amount of harm. He actually tried to manipulate the conscience of the German people. He convinced them they had a task to do, they had to exterminate the Jews, because the Jews caused all our problems. It wasn’t Hitler’s own idea; it had been put forward much earlier. I can remember a writer… she interviewed a soldier who had been stationed in  concentration camp. He was a guard and she asked him, “Didn’t you feel any pity at all for the people you treated so badly there?” And he replied, “Yes, I certainly did feel pity for them, but I had to overcome it. That was a sacrifice I had to make for a greater cause.” And that’s what happened to conscience. After all, Hitler used to always say: “You don’t have to worry, any of you, you just have to do whatever I say, and I’ll take responsibility.” As if anyone can take charge of another person’s conscience. I do think you can make someone’s conscience more sensitive, or desensitize it, or manipulate it. 

"Only when Eva Braun comes over to me is the spell broken a little. She smiles and embraces me. ‘Please do try to get out. You may yet make your way through. And give Bavaria my love,’ she says, smiling but with a sob in her voice. She is wearing the Führer’s favourite dress, the black one with the roses at the neckline, and her hair is washed and beautifully done. Like that, she follows the Führer into his room - and to her death. The heavy iron door closes … 

Suddenly there is the sound of a shot, so loud, so close that we all fall silent. It echoes on through all the rooms. “That was a direct hit,” cried Helmut, with no idea how right he is. The Führer is dead now.” Traudl Junge, To The Last Hour: Hitler’s Last Secretary (2002)

Of course the horrors, of which I heard in connection of the Nuremberg trials, the fate of the 6 million Jews, their killing and those of many others who represented different races and creeds, shocked me greatly, but at that time I could not see any connection between these things and my own past. I was only happy that I had not personally been guilty of these things and that I had not been aware of the scale of these things. However, one day I walked past a plaque that on the Franz-Joseph Straße (in Munich), on the wall in memory of Sophie Scholl. I could see that she had been born the same year as I, and that she had been executed the same year when I entered into Hitler’s service. And at that moment I really realised, that it was no excuse that I had been so young. I could perhaps have tried to find out about things.
—  Traudl Junge in Blind Spot: Hitler’s Secretary
Hitler talked to Eva, teased her about her dogs, which he said were nothing but a couple of dusting brushes, whereupon she replied that Blondi wasn’t a dog at all but a calf.
—  Hitler’s secretary Traudl Junge, in her book of memoirs “Until the Final Hour”

"Gretl Braun was in love with Fritz Darges too, but a love affair with her was a little too dangerous and not private enough for young Fritz, so he hadn’t been able to make up his mind." Darges was eventually sent away to fight the Red Army in the Soviet Union.

Hitler also tried to persuade Walter Hewell, a member of his intimate circle, to marry Gretl. Hewell was responsible for liaison between  Joachim Von Ribbentrop, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Hitler. On one occasion Hitler described Hewell as an “excellent diplomat… one has to be to become an intermediary between Hitler and Ribbentrop”. Traudl Junge has argued: “For a while those around him (Hitler) thought he wanted Hewel to marry Eva’s sister Gretl Braun. But Hewel himself didn’t fancy the idea.” "Hitler promised Hewell that after marrying Gretl he would appoint him ambassador in Rome. Hitler was so angry when Hewell married someone else he banished him from his presence. However, he eventually forgave him and he returned to his inner circle."

Gretl then became involved with Hermann Fegelein, who was SS liaison officer to Hitler. The marriage on 3rd June 1944, was arranged by Eva: “Gretl Braun was a bautiful young lady, and Fegelein might have been thinking of the advantages of one day being Hitler’s brother-in-law. Thus the marriage took place and was celebrated as a great occasion on the Obersalzberg and in the tea-house on the Kehlstein.”

Albert Speer called him “one of the most disgusting people in Hitler’s circle.”

On 27th April 1945, Fegelein was arrested with his mistress in his apartment. SS-Obersturmbannführer Peter Högl discovered him with a great deal of money and discovered that he was just about to leave the country. Högl also found a briefcase containing documents with evidence of an attempted peace negotiation with the Allies. The following day the negotiations that were taking place between Himmler and Count Folke Bernadotte were leaked to the press. 

Hermann Fegelein was executed on 28th April 1945. On 5th May 1945, Gretl gave birth to a daughter, whom she named Eva, after her sister, at Zell-am-See in Austria. 

Gretl Braun married Kurt Berlinghoff on 6th February 1954 in Munich. They did not have children.  

" Since I did not think I should take the responsibility of entering into marriage during the years of combat, I have decided now, before the termination of life on this earth, to marry the woman who, after so many years of true friendship, entered voluntarily the city which was already besieged, to share my fate. She goes to death with my as my wife, accoring to her own desire. " -Adolf Hitler in his testament typed up by Traud Junge

Here is my favourite one. I quote it whenever I can, especially that my history teacher thinks I should remove it from my research project. I simply can’t. The girl that sits beside me in history is always like ‘Oh shut up you Nazi.’ (she’s joking obvously and we always laugh at that, but I think it’s really starting to be annoying :p

And then I’m always like ‘Oh my God, he really loved her!!!