00010964.gif [Transcription note: Nizkor has obtained photocopies of the original Saturday Evening Post article, which includes some text not included here the OSS. The text pointed out how unusual it was that Hitler could have carried on a love affair while his lover's name was "practically unknown."] Norbert, Richard: Is Hitler married? _Sat. Eve Post 212:14.15.December 16, 1939_ Editor's Note:-The materials of this article came to us from sources inside Germany which we have always found dependable. Dec.16.1939 ...In the closing days of last August, the object of his affections-a blond Bavarian girl named Eva Ralen Braun-moved into Hitler's official residence in Berlin, the great Chancellery on Wilhelmstrasse. There she occupies the honored position of typical German Hausfrau in the Hitler menage, and there she conducts herself as if she were the wife of the Nazi dictator. And despite the fact that the eyes of the whole world have been focused on that building in Berlin, the arrival of the girl from Munich escaped publicity. However unsavory Hitler's international reputation may be, he has selected a thoroughly conventional wife. Against a background of wars and revolts, bloody conquests and brutal suppressions, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun have carried on their colorless little love affair for a decade, experiencing the petty trials and the small pleasures of some suburban [unreadable] and his [unreadable] bride. Amid campaigns and conquests, Hitler has been compelled to tale time out to suit the feeling's of Eva's family, because they felt he had compromised her reputation. Eva Braun is the daughter of Herr Doktor Josef Xavier Braun, who possesses the German ranking of Studienrat. Until his recent retirement, he was a professor in a junior college. Evi-as she is called by all her friends-was born in Munich nearly twenty-eight years ago, the second of three daughters. Her earliest memories are the bad years of the last war, with its hunger blockade, which starved German children. and the subsequent inflationary period, which impoverished her family and the whole German middle class. Evi was given a modest education during those difficult years, but when she was seventeen she had to find work. Like many members of the Munich intellectual class, Evi was interested in art, but her family felt that her talent was too slight to offer much prospect of earning a living from painting or designing. Instead it was arranged that Evi should be apprenticed to Munich photographer Heinrich Hoffmann, who was an acquaintance of the Braun family. When Evi went into Hoffmann's studio, she took her first step toward the lofty eminence which she occupies today. For Heinrich Hoffmann was more than a photographer. He was afanatical [sic] believer in the new political movement then spreading over Germany. He talked so much to his apprentice about National Socialism and its Leader, Adolf Hitler, that the young girl decided to accompany him one night to hear this great man. She went home converted to Nazism. She told her family about Der Fuehrer. The Braun family was typical on the conservative middle class of the period, the class which did so much to establish Hitler's regime. They were suspicious of German republicanism, and when they heard Hitler's promise to revive Germany's greatness, they were impressed and they believed. After attending some Nazi meetings, Doctor Braun encouraged his daughter to attend other meetings and assist Hoffman in the photography connected with the Nazi movement. Some meetings were arranged in other cities outside of Munich, and Hoffmann and Evi followed Hitler. The girl wasn't then-and isn't now-politically minded. She simply shared Hoffmann's faith in Hitler's destiny, and to this end she added, from the depths of her own warm personal kindliness, sympathy for the essential loneliness which she recognized in Hitler. Norburt, Richard: Is Hitler married? Sat.Eve.Post 212.pp.14.15 00010965.gif page 2 Norbert, Richard: Is Hitler married? _Sat. Eve Post 212:14.15.December 16, 1939_ [entire page unreadable] 00010966.gif page 3 Norbert, Richard: Is Hitler married? _Sat. Eve Post 212: pp.14.15.December 16, 1939_ One reason why Evi is kept out of the limelight is her inconspicuous appearance. She. is of medium height, reaching to Hitler's ear, and is a typical blonde of South Germany. She once tried bleaching her hair into a fashionable platinum hue, but Hitler didn't like. it. She wears it in a rather long bob, but not of exaggerated Hollywood length. Her eyes are grayish blue and her complexion unremarkable. She uses little, if any, make-up-UNTIL LAST SUMMER SHE had no particular interest in clothes, and in general she looks like and acts so much like thousands of other unassuming, rather dowdy German girls that would never stand out in a crowd. Perhaps her most conspicuous feature is her frequent and attractive smile. No photograph of Evi ever has appeared in Germany, to date, and those which were published in the United States this fall were smuggled out of Germany. Evi's old employer, Heinrich Hoffmann, has seen to the suppression. Hoffmann has become the official Nazi photographer and he supervises the distribution of all pictures containing Hitler and other chieftains. As the years passed it became gradually accepted in Nazi circles that Evi was Hitler's fiancee. When they were together in Hitler's mountain retreat at Berchtesgaden, he openly held her hand in the presence of their friends, and she began referring to him as her betrothed. He gave her many gifts of valuable jewelry, which she wears occasionally but without ostentation. He also built for Evi a small house adjoining his own great estate at Berchtesgaden, and made a point of paying for this with his own money instead of ordering it from party funds. Although in time many people in Germany understood that Evi was engaged to Hitler, they avoided public discussion of the matter. The Nazi leader desired this matter to remain private, and these who knew most about Evi were those least inclined to talk about her. She rarely made a public appearance, except at art exhibitions or theater festivals, when she was sometimes pointed out by old Munich friends or the pretty, ambitious young women who had tried to replace her in Hitler's affections. But Evi's appearance remained so utterly inconspicuous that she never attracted much attention. Engagements extending over several years are difficult for any girl, and the situation became particularly strained for Evi. Personally, she was willing to accept cheerfully Hitler's decision that he couldn't marry until his mission was completed and he could retire from public life. But by the beginning of 1938 Evi's family began insist that her good name was being compromised, and they urged her to ask Hitler to set a date for the wedding. Evi mentioned the matter to Hitler, but by that time his mind was full of plans for annexing Austria, and he rather impatiently reminded her that he must complete his mission first. His attitude somewhat distressed Evi, and the family began to suspect-as all the world was also beginning to suspect at that time-that Hitler's historic mission was an endless process. So the family continued to impress upon Evi the importance of persuading Hitler to recognize her situation formally. Evi isn't jealous by nature, but she couldn't help observing that Hitler was meeting Germany's most beautiful and talented women and that they were throwing themselves at his head. Norburt, Richard, Is Hitler married ? Sat.Eve Post 212 p 58. 00010967.gif page 4 Norburt, Richard: Is Hitler married? _Sat. Eve .Post, 212 .p 58, December 16, 1939_ When Hitler entered Vienna in the triumphal procession, following Anschluss, one automobile in his retinue was filled with women, wives of leading members of the party. Among them sat Evi. She wasn't very happy. Hitler had achieved a great triumph, but politics absorbed him to the exclusion of everything else. It was on his trip to Vienna that she rather awkwardly struck up a flirtation with the handsomest young man in Hitler's bodyguard, hoping to attract Hitler's attention. But he was so flushed with triumph that he failed to notice wither Evi or the embarrassed youth. After their return to Berlin, however, Hitler tried to placate Evi and her family. He personally gave orders that Evi should receive the salute reserved for the highest dignitaries, and Hitler added,"Make the salute snappy." This personal order was widely quoted in Nazi circles and the tag, "Make it snappy" has become a Nazi byword. At about the same time, Hitler told Evi she must cease driving about alone in her car,and assigned his bodyguards, in black-pad-silver uniforms, to accompany her everywhere. The salute and bodyguards didn't satisfy Evi's family for long, In particular, they became distressed to note that Hitler was showing great attention to the opera singer Marguerite Slezak, daughter of the popular German singer and movie star, Leo Slezak. Fraulein Slezak isn't young and her figure is that of the traditional Wagnerian prima donna, but Hitler was much impressed by her tremendous vitality and quick mind, and he invited her to the Chancellery with increasing frequency. In fact, Fraulein Slezak saw so much of Hitler that some of his best friends, including Heinrich Hoffmann, became anxious. They felt that her influence upon Hitler- who is particularly susceptible to flattery from artists, musicians and dancers-was becoming too strong. (So they took )to musical comedies, a form of entertainment new to him. Evi's dancing ability is limited to the rhythmic dances which were in vogue in Germany years ago. When swing music crossed the.Atlantic, Evi took up that style of dancing with great enthusiasm (what may have meant the end of swing in Germany. It so happened that one evening when Evi was in Munich and Hitler in Berlin, he tried to get her by telephone all evening, not succeeding until very late. He asked her where she had been, and she told him she had been out swinging. By a strange coincidence, an official order banning the new importation was issued almost immediately. After (his) great triumph... Hitler began meeting sophisticated women, while Evi, who had always relied upon her youthful freshness, faded into the background. She was then twenty-six years old and (began) to reveal the Bavarian tendency toward stoutness. She worried about that and began dieting and taking slimming medicines. Her family's apprehensions added to her own depressed spirits until she became quite despondent. One night she attempted to commit suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping tablets. It was a half-hearted attempt, like her flirtation in Vienna, but it served its purpose. Hitler visited her several times while she was convalescing, was warmly affectionate and made her promise that she would never again try anything of that sort. Norburt, Richard, Is Hitler married? Sat.Eve Post 212.pp.58.59. 00010968.gif page 5 Norburt, Richard: Is Hitler married ? Sat.Eve.Post .212.p.59 .December 16, 1939 ...last summer, when friends arranged..a birthday party for Evi at Munich, Hitler himself was prevented by state business from attending the festivities, but he sent Evi a large valuable emerald ring and assigned a private airline to take Evi's school chum, Frau ZechBallott, and Evi's married sister from Berlin to the party. Through all the years of his love affair with Evi, Hitler's problem has been to reconcile marriage with the ideal of a great ascetic Leaderwhich [sic] he had built up for himself. When Mussolini visited Germany in 1937, Hitler was much impressed by the virility of the older man, while Mussolini, for his part, was not at all impressed with Hitler's austerity. (Mussolini) ... in a heart-to-heart talk, is reported to have told Hitler that he should appear more human....A year before his meeting with Mussolini, Hitler, addressing a Nazi women's organization at Nuremberg, had declared, "I should love nothing more dearly than a family. My work is almost done, but it is not yet complete. When I feel I have accomplished my historical mission, I intend then to enjoy the private life, which I have hitherto denied myself." But when the Schwarze Korps newspaper echoed these words in adulatory poems published this year in honor of Hitler's birthday, Hitler was very displeased. He told Himmler that he did not want to pose as an ascetic saint who was sacrificing his life for the Fatherland, and he would rather be regarded as a good fellow than as a sissy. ...During those fateful days last August (everything irritated him). But he had another and private source of irritation which wasn't known outside his immediate circle. Evi's family had chosen that historical moment to insist, upon clearing up Hitler's relationship with her. When Evi dutifully journeyed to Salzburg to remain close to her betrothed, she was chaperoned by an entire auto load of female relations. (they were.. concerned . .about the good name of Evi Braun. It seemed to them...necessary to regularize Evi's position immediately. Some sort of family decision was made at Salzburg or shortly thereafter. Did Hitler agree to a secret marriage then, or the Braun family finally accept the notion that the position of consort to Germany's Fuehrer is sufficiently honorable for any woman? (Anyhow) ...when Hitler returned from Salzburg he ordered part of his personal suite in the Chancellery prepared for Evi's use, and she promptly moved in. There in that huge new palace Evi Braun lives very much the life she has always lived. (But after the outbreak of the war) Evi no longer uses the two swank Horch automobiles which Hitler gave her, painted ivory white outside and upholstered in Royal Blue leather. ...instead (she rides) in one of the first miniature People's Cars, also furnished in ivory and blue. Her chief interest is still in art of one sort or another. She has nimble fingers and her latest hobby is making rag dolls our of scraps of materials: also dogs and more fantastic animals. She has scores of those hanging about in her new room in the Chancellery now. She also devotes much attention to her Hitler photograph album. For ten years she has been taking pictures of Hitler, mounting the best of them in one great album, Last summer for the first time in her life, Evi began to show a serious interest in clothes. She is pleased with the short-skirt style, as she is conscious that her own legs are decidedly good-looking, and how she is designing her own dresses. Evi always has delighted in cooking for Hitler whenever she had the opportunity, and now that she lives in the Chancellery she still insists Norburt, Richard: Is Hitler married ? Sat.Eve.Post. 212.p.59 00010969.gif page 6 Norburt, Richard: Is Hitler married ? Sat.Eve.Post.212. p.59,December 16, 1939. upon going into the vast kitchen of the official residence, staffed by the best cooks in Germany. Hitler is very fond of Viennese pastry and has one cook who makes nothing else. This cook hasn't welcomed Evi's competition in making Apfelstrudel for Hitler. Since the Nazi dictator eats no meat, he likes fruits and vegetables, and Evi enjoys creating new salads, just as she once exercised her ingenuity in mixing new cocktails. Hitler also favors Evi's special Thuringian potato dumplings. Evi cares little for read, but she takes good care of her personal library, which consists chiefly of two hundred volumes of detective stories. She has pasted her own bookplate into each volume and keeps them neatly arranged on shelves in her own room. Her other reading at present is limited to Hitler's speeches, because she is copying choice passages from these into a blank book with parchment pages and a pigskin binding. This beautiful books is to be her present to Hitler on his next birthday, and she has enlisted the principal Nazi leader to help her select noteworthy passages, which she inscribes in elaborate old German block letters. Unconsciously, she may thus be creating a new Nazi bible to replace Mein Kampf, which has become sadly out of date. It is a tribute to Eva Braun that never to this day, in all the atmosphere of unscrupulous ambition and intrigue which surrounds Hitler, has she made any personal enemies in the party. She has never used her influence to promote her friends,and the only member of her family, who has received a job through her recommendation is her younger sister Gretl, who succeeded Evi as Hoffmann's assistant. Since the outbreak of war ... Hitler is talking politics with her. He seems to find relief in discussing his problems with her, and Evi does more than merely listen ... The German minister to Denmark and Hitler walked in the garden and were joined by Evi, and Hitler's guards were amazed to see her actively participating in their sober conversation. Of course, European intelligence services have long known about the relationship between Evi and Hitler, and there was a period of a few days just before war broke out and when it was hoped that relationship might have international importance. When Hitler announced ... that he had appointed ... Goering as his successor... and was more interested in art than in politics, it seemed possible that Hitler was looking forward to early retirement...he might assume the ... presidency...willing to sacrifice himself for peace... The mood soon passed.... ....Today it is believed in Berlin that Hitler has decided to combine his career and his private life as best he may, and nothing but defeat can persuade him to abandon his self appointed mission to make Germany the dominant country in Europe. Norburt, Richard: Is Hitler married? Sat, Eve. Post. 212.p.59.p.60 December 16.1939.
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