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Title:
Until the final hour : Hitler's last secretary
Author:
Junge, Gertraud.
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Uniform Title:
Bis zur letzten Stunde. English
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Arcade Pub., 2004.

©2003
Physical Description:
261 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Translation of: Bis zur letzten Stunde.

English translation originally published: London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2003.

Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781559707282
Format :
Book

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A firsthand account of life with Hitler from 1942 until his death in the Berlin bunker in 1945, by a young woman who was his last secretary.


Author Notes

Traudl Junge was born in Munich in 1920. From the end of 1942 until April 1945 she was Hitler's private secretary. In 1942 she married one of Hitler's staff, Hans Junse, who was killed a year later. After the war she was sent to a Russian prison camp and later returned to Germany. She died on February 10, 2002


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Like her infamous employer, author Junge struggled with unfulfilled artistic dreams: she traveled to Berlin in 1942 to pursue a career as a dancer and ended up taking dictation for Adolf Hitler. "There were very few days when I didn't see Hitler, talk to him, work with him or share meals with him," she remembers. Junge's account, undoubtedly a primer on the so-called "banality of evil," is a detailed, efficient and humorless memoir of the three years she spent as Hitler's secretary. Her tale-full of trivial tidbits and, often interchangeably, chilling observations-draws a picture of a man at once astonishingly uninspired, quixotic and devoted to his cause. It also documents how the Fuhrer served as a father figure to Junge, whose own parents were divorced. She reveals that her post-war disdain for Hitler resembled that of an abandoned child: she hated him after his death, she says, "for his failures." This moral equivocation may seem disturbing in hindsight, but the irony of Junge's proximity to Hitler was that she was all but shielded from the heinous realities of the war. The most compelling part of this memoir comes near the end when, upon escaping Berlin after the Allied advance in 1945, Junge makes her way from village to village, encountering the remnants of battles. This picture of a fugitive literally running away from herself suggests why Junge, unable to fully accept the nature of her complicity with the Reich, took 30 years to write her story; it also proves far more interesting than learning what Hitler ate for breakfast. 15 photos. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.


Library Journal Review

Quite by happenstance in November 1942, 22-year-old Junge became one of Hitler's secretaries and thus one of the Fuhrer's inner circle. She was with his close entourage near the eastern front, at his hideaway near Berchtesgaden, and in his bunker in the last days of the fall of Berlin, all the while keeping notes. At the urging of a friend, she began her memoirs shortly after the war; a painful period of reflection ensued, and shortly before her death, she granted a series of interviews to writer Muller, which resulted in the documentary film Im Toten Winkel: Hitlers Sekretarin (Blind Spot: Hitler's Last Secretary). This is Junge's intriguing memoir, reflecting both the young woman who was enchanted by Hitler's charisma and the older woman who only belatedly realized the full horror of the German catastrophe. Here are Hitler and Eva Braun in their domestic existence, the endless late-night conversations at Berchtesgaden, and the insulated otherworldiness of the Berlin bunker seen through two different pairs of eyes. Junge's viewpoint as a young person with no particular investment in Nazi ideology provides a fascinating insight into the charismatic nature of Hitler's appeal. For public and academic libraries that collect Nazi-era memoirs.-Barbara Walden, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Traudl JungeMelissa MullerTraudl JungeMelissa Muller
Forewordp. 1
A Childhood and Youth in Germanyp. 5
My Time with Adolf Hitler--written in 1947p. 27
Confronting Guilt--A Chronological Study written in 2001p. 216
Acknowledgmentsp. 246
Indexp. 247