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The First Lady (of Germany) we never knew.

When Eva Braun died on April 30th, 1945, she did not die as the ‘evil dictator’s mistress’, as she is commonly referred to now as before. When she left our world, she did so as Mrs. Eva Hitler - the First Lady of the German Reich.
Of all the people who were at the side of Adolf Hitler when he rose to power, conquered Europe and set out to stem the tide of a Dark Age which eventually defeated him in the fateful last days of April 1945, it was Eva who remained most loyal to him for no other reason but her unconditional love for the Man Against The Time. Eva did not hold any position in the NSDAP or the German government, nor were the German, as well as international public, aware of her relationship with the late Chancellor of the German Reich. There was nothing for her to gain from holding on to Adolf Hitler, and yet, when he asked her to leave the embattled Berlin, in April 1945, Eva refused to leave his side. Instead, she offered him company, comfort and confidence when others betrayed him, abandoned him, and wanted him dead. While the Reich became engulfed in a hailstorm of fire and steel that was meant to obliterate the Grand vision of Adolf Hitler, and his mind was increasingly clouded in darkness and despair, Eva fulfilled her duty - and thus her destiny - by honoring their Oath of Love in good as well as in bad times.
Adolf Hitler has ultimately married her on April 29th, 1945, but for all we know, they have been husband and wife in all, but formal ceremony, ever since they fell in love with eachother.
With utmost respect and awe, we remember Eva Hitler, who followed her husband to the peak of worldly power just to be cast down, along with him, into abysmal tragedy shared by those of European descent, ever since. She departed from this world as the First Lady we never knew; a wonderful woman with a lot of love, compassion, joy and dedication who would have inspired millions of Germans and others if only they could have seen her in her lifetime as we do today.
Happy Birthday, Eva Hitler, the First Lady of the eternal Reich!

– By Hyperb0rean

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30 April 1945: The next day Adolf Hitler held his final staff conference being told that the Russians now were only a few blocks away. He had lunch as usual at 2 o'clock in the afternoon with his two secretaries and his cook. He now began making systematic preparations to commit suicide. He supervised the poisoning of his beloved dog Blondi and her pups and shortly after 3 p.m. he and Eva Braun bade farewell to the staff, assembled in the bunker, and retired to their private room to carry out their decision.

They bit into thin glass vials of cyanide - as he did so, Hitler also shot himself in the head with a 7.65 mm Walther pistol.

Heinz Linge, Hitler’s personal valet, later recalled how he entered Hitler’s suite and saw him almost upright in a sitting position on a blood-soaked sofa. Eva Braun lay on the sofa beside him, but she had made no use of the revolver at her side, preferring to take the poison instead. A small hole showed on his right temple and a trickle of blood ran slowly down over his check. The pistol lay on the floor where it had dropped from his right hand.

No mark showed on Eva Braun’s face: “It was as though she had fallen asleep…” Linge remarked.

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