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He Was My Chief: The Memoirs of Adolf Hitler's Secretary [Hardcover]

Christa Schroeder , Roger Moorhouse
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21 May 2009
As secretary to the Fuhrer for the duration of the Third Reich, Christa Schroeder was perfectly placed to observe the actions and behaviour of Hitler, along with the most important figures surrounding him. Her memoir does not fail to deliver fascinating insights: she notes Hitler's bourgeois manners, his vehement abstemiousness and his mood swings. She also reflects candidly on political and military developments from the earliest days of the regime through its final collapse. This is, without any doubt, one of the most important primary sources from the pre-war and wartime period.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books (21 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848325363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848325364
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 14.2 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Christa Schroeder provides a rare, fascinating insight into Hitler and his household' -- Sunday Telegraph,

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Christa Schroeder was Hitler s personal secretary for twelve years in total. She worked as his secretary until his suicide in April 1945, living at the Wolfsschanze near Rastenburg. Her memoir Er War Mein Chef was first published in 1985, a year after her death in Munich, aged 76. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Observations on Hitler by his circle 28 Feb 2010
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I thought that this book was excellent in that it presented a female perspective and a very intuitive one too on the phenomenon of Hitler's personal attraction and what life was like living near him 24/7 before and during the war years. The late author appears a proud individual, writes well (or has a very good ghost which I doubt), and does not go in for apologies for her part in supporting Hitler`s inner circle. She comes across as someone who would not suffer fools gladly, so in some respects she comes across as slightly ruthless and cutting inher observations of others. A good book and well worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful insight 11 July 2009
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The Nazi years continue to fascinate. This book, written from the records of one of Hitler's secretaries, gives a rare insight into the 'inner world' of the Third Reich. It concentrates upon the day to day routines of Hitler and his closest circle of aides and advisors, and reminds us that notorious tyrants such as Hitler are also very human. As a boss, he was courteous, kind, and approachable - he even received criticism with good grace. For those who wish to understand the dynamics of Hitlerism - from the early 1930s to the last days of the Fuerher bunker - this is a must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Personal and at times surprising. 29 Aug 2014
By Bridgey
Format:Paperback
An interesting first hand account from one of Hitler's secretaries. This is the second book I have read in the series, the other being 'I was Hitler's Chauffeur by Erich Kempka '.

While these books may not provide much detail regarding the war, they do give valuable insight into what Hitler was like as an everyday person. They detail his daily routines and how he treated those closest to him. These books are ideal for a reader, such as myself, that have an interest in the second world war and Hitler, but don't really want to sift through and books that go into the subject too deeply.

He was my Chief details Schroeder's personal thoughts of Hitler and gives an account of her presence at a number of important historical occasions. We learn many a snippet that allows the reader to build a fuller picture of the Fuhrer and his character. Surprisingly he is a man that is very generous to his employees, a man of strict personal morals (doesn't eat meat, smoke or drink) and at times even a little self conscious.

The only annoying aspect of the book was that a number of passages were repeated throughout. Maybe a little better editing would have helped. Interestingly Shroeder herself requested the publication of the book as she was unhappy at inaccuracies depicted in other books of her and work colleagues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Run and Lose a war 18 May 2014
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Reading this one tends to think that Hitler did very little in the way of 'military work,

I had already read much of Hitler's life but this from someone so close to his everyday
actions and moods wa something of an eye opener even for myself.

Recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Insight 17 Mar 2014
By Iain
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A bit disjointed at firsts it sets off, but it gives an interesting insight into the man. I preferred Traudl Junge's version as it seemed more in depth. However worth a read.
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