Eva Braun

Eva Braun

Life With Hitler

Book - 2011
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Random House, Inc.
In this groundbreaking biography of Eva Braun, German historian Heike B. Görtemaker delves into the startlingly neglected historical truth about Adolf Hitler’s mistress. More than just the vapid blonde of popular cliché, Eva Braun was a capricious but uncompromising, fiercely loyal companion to Hitler; theirs was a relationship that flew in the face of the Führer’s proclamations that Germany was his only bride. Görtemaker paints a portrait of Hitler and Braun’s life together with unnerving quotidian detail—Braun chose the movies screened at their mountaintop retreat (propaganda, of course); he dreamed of retiring with her to Linz one day after relinquishing his leadership to a younger man—while weaving their personal relationship throughout the fabric of one of history’s most devastating regimes. Though Braun gradually gained an unrivaled power within Hitler’s inner circle, her identity was kept a secret during the Third Reich, until the final days of the war. Faithful to the end, Braun committed suicide with Hitler in 1945, two days after their marriage.

Through exhaustive research, newly discovered documentation, and anecdotal accounts, Görtemaker has meticulously built a surprising portrait of Hitler’s bourgeois existence outside of the public eye. Though Eva Braun had no role in Hitler’s policies, she was never as banal as she was previously painted; she was privy to his thoughts, ruled life within his entourage, and held his trust. As horrifying as it is astonishing, Eva Braun will undoubtedly be referenced in all future accounts of this period.

Baker & Taylor
A comprehensive portrait of Hitler's long-time mistress challenges popular depictions while profiling the bourgeois existence she shared with the Führer out of the public eye, drawing on newly discovered documents and anecdotal accounts to discuss such topics as her role as his trusted confidante, her position in his entourage and their double suicide two days after their marriage.

& Taylor

A comprehensive portrait of Hitler's long-time mistress discusses the bourgeois existence she shared with him out of the public eye, her role as his trusted confidante, and their double suicide two days after their marriage.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780307595829
Branch Call Number: BIO Braun, E 2011
Characteristics: 324 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Eva Braun. English


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Dec 23, 2017

An acquaintance of Eva Braun once said she will prove a disappointment to readers of history -- and the writers of history, as well. She was no Lola Montez or Madame de Pompadour, but a completely average lower middle class woman who attached herself emotionally and financially to an older man early in their relationship, and never let go. Brainy, she wasn't, and though Hitler kept her in the background (he was supposed to be giving up all for the cause of the German people and National Socialism) he seems to have found comfort in her undemanding company, and they had sincere feelings for one another. This book is more interesting for its portrayal of the private army of friends and hangers on to the Fuehrer, which included Albert Speer, Leni Riefenstahl, and others.

sharonb122 Jul 14, 2014

Hard to know what to say about this book. It did not seem like a biography of Eva. Of course it did tell about her some, but mostly said other people's opinions that contradicted each other. On the other hand, I learned quite a bit about Hitler and the people close to him. Since I don't know all that much about the details of WWII, it was a bit hard to follow and all of of the German! Hitler: an evil little man who ended up a pathetic evil little man.

May 12, 2012

Interesting book of Hitler's mistress and the life they shared together. Lots of candid photos as well. Well written and organized. Once I picked it up, it really drew me in.

afemalespecies Feb 19, 2012

This is a history book which seems to revolve around Hitler and the events that took place during his rule and leading up to his rule. I feel it is unjust to title the book Eva Braun. I felt the author gave barely any insight as to who Eva Braun is and the role she played during this world turmoil.

TERRI Z HISEL Dec 06, 2011

This work purports to illuminate Ms. Braun's role as Hitler's mistress, and to further define her as an individual. It does neither. Historical research is suspect, as most key historical figures of the Nazi era-those who knew Ms. Braun "best" were anxious to distance themselves from her and her paramour. What titrates out, then, is speculation-tiresome-and a portrait of a woman who ultimately is infamous from making bad choices. Nothing more than a Nazi "moll". Ms. Gortemaker's lack of clarity on Ms. Braun's knowledge of, and support of, Nazi programs is suspect as well.

sjmitra Nov 09, 2011

More informative and objective than Angela Lambert's biography of Eva Braun. No startling new information revealed but the retelling is still interesting.


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