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Blogger: GemSen A collection of letters believed to have been written by Hitler’s wife, Eva Braun, from the famous bunker hideout during 1945, have recently been discovered, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“We are fighting here until the last but I’m afraid the end is threatening closer and closer,” one of Braun’s letters from April 22, 1945 detailed.
At that time the Soviet forces were closing in and starting to take control of Berlin and the German camp was starting to despair. Eight days after that letter was apparently written the newly married Braun and Hitler committed suicide. Episodes of despair Recording yet more episodes of despair, another letter states: “I cannot tell friends what I personally suffer from the Fuhrer…I cannot understand how everything could be so, but one cannot believe in a God.” The written correspondences are thought to have been written by Braun to her friend Herta Schneider and have been since kept by Schneider’s descendants. Now they have been passed on to Third Reich expert, Anna Maria Sigmund who has published the letters in a book: ‘The Women of the Nazis’. Anna Maria Sigmund who believes the letters are real told the Daily Mail that: “I have no doubt the letters are genuine and Eva Braun has typed them, correcting her faults by hand. “Eva Braun reflects the change of mood in the Fuhrerbunker over four days – the vague hope on the 19th and the despair on April 22,” she added. Hitler and Braun met when she was just 17 and 23 years his junior and they became lovers in 1932. Braun was initially an assistant to Hitler’s personal cameraman, Heinrich Hoffman.  The couple married just 40 hours before Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945. According to some sources Braun is believed to have made two suicide attempts in 1932 and 1935. Life in a bunker with Hitler From 1943 it was becoming increasingly clear that Germany would collapse under the pressure of the Allied forces. In January 1945, Germany was facing a fierce siege of Berlin by the soviets, and Hitler was forced to hide out in his bunker, located below his headquarters, the Chancellery. Hitler and Braun rarely left the safety of the bunker and stayed in this lair for over 100 days. Despite the stale and claustrophobic atmosphere of the bunker, 55 feet under the Chancellery, it had 18 rooms, water and electric. Hitler, growing increasingly mad, continued to control the German government from the shelter and he maintained access to the outside world via telephone and telegraph lines. By this time though, it was too late and the German army couldn’t make make any real impact. On April 29th, the night before his death, the news got worse and Field Marshall Keitel reported that Berlin would be lost to the Russians as it would receive no more troops. General Weidling, given the task of defending Berlin, believed that his men would stop fighting that night due to their ammunition running out. Hitler had also heard the news that Mussolini had been caught and shot in Italy with his body, along with that of his mistress, Clara Pettachi, hung upside down in a square in Milan. Not wanting the same humiliation, Hitler ordered that after they had committed suicide, both he and his wife Eva Braun’s body should be burned. Source: Daily Mail. We have a range of documents relating to World War II in our historic documents library - take a look at the Forces War Records website - you don't know what you might discover. Also, if you're filling in the gaps to your genealogy research then take a look at our war records and you might reveal more about the history of the ancestors in your family...
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