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Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary

Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary [Kindle Edition]

Traudl Junge , Melissa Muller
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This memoir is a unique historical document, naive in some respects but trustworthy in its testimony and oddly thrilling in its unknowing progress to a terrible doom. (TIMES (2.4.05) )

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The tie-in with the Oscar-nominated film DOWNFALL, portraying the last days of Hitler

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 979 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; Film tie-in edition edition (15 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A3BO9P8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historically valuable and fascinating story 14 Nov 2006
I am an amateur historian on WWII, particularly as regards the European front and the Axis' side.

Over the years I developed much curiosity on WWII from the German perspective, also due to the lack of documents and testimonials from their side. Recently the gap is closing and, with the healing of time, it is now possible to experience how war was just as hard, and ultimately terrible, for those fighting and living "on the wrong side".

I read this book over a year ago after watching the film "Downfall" (which is excellent), and, contrarly to tradition, it is a great read even after watching the movie.

Although I think the book delves a little too much on the early years of Traudl Junge and her stay in the "Wolf's lair", once you get past that point I guarantee anyone will just rush all the way to the end of the story, even if they already know what happens, as most of us do.

Her account is very dry, very matter-of-fact and that helps to enjoy the story for what it is rather than for whom it involves. One gets to see a side of the Nazi regime from right inside it, and for those who like historical accuracy, it is nice to see some facts nicely fitting into the overall picture, as well as some previously unknown details. Extremely interesting is what happens right after the end of the war, to her, the German people and Berlin, things that few of us were made aware of.

This powerful real story will stand up to and fascinate even those with little interest in WWII. As they'll turn the last page, they may perhaps send a thought to Traudl, who spent the latter half of her life dealing with shame and died, as it often happens, shortly after the release of her book.

A must read, and don't miss the film too.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Secretary 3 Sep 2006
The Boss

This is a good book. It is good because it is honest. It is good because it looks through the eyes of a woman at a world dominated and usually described only by men. And it is good because it spreads a thin veil of pudeur over events that are today often shown in all their crass ugliness - such as the charred corpses of Saddam Hussein`s sons.

In her first serious professional position Traudl Junge became one of Hitler`s personal secretaries and stayed with him for 30 months until his death. She tells us about him what she saw. To many of us, this may not be enough, many of us would like to be confirmed in our mental picture of a screaming, violent paranoid, apt at biting his carpet when things got rough - this is, after all, the way he has always been depicted, even long before the Second World War had broken out.

The book makes us imagine him, in the presence of Traudl Junge, as a man with a mission and certainly very convincing when it came to that, but otherwise quite commonplace to the point of being somewhat boring, cloth-cap, muffler, and greyhound, quite literally, except that the greyhound would be a German shepherd, not much of a reader, and no longer in a mood to watch movies. He was able to hide his relationship with Eva Braun quite as efficiently as François Mitterand managed to cover his own liaison. Nothing that Traudl Junge tells us about him would have us think that he was anything of an inhibited Dr. Jekyll who would turn into a bloodthirsty Mr. Hide as soon as the padded doors of his office closed behind him.

When Traudl Junge met Hitler, the tide of the war was starting to run against him. He was beginning to realize that he might not be able to achieve his aims.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read 30 Jan 2004
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I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the WW2 era or the Third Reich.

I find it hard to believe that Traudl Junge really didn't know the truth about her employer until after the war. Indeed she hints that a guest once asked Hitler about whether he was aware of the treatment of the Jews so surely some alarm bells must have rung? That said, the author does say in her introduction that she is not asking for understanding and I think this helps to read the book for what it is, a historical account.

I found this book impossible to put down once I had entered Traudl Junge's world and her description of life in the bunker in Berlin with the Russians approaching on all sides makes you feel trapped and claustraphobic with her.

Read it, you won't be disappointed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Book 9 April 2012
If you have seen the film Downfall this book may be a disappointment . Not a disappointment because of the core of the book written in 1947 by Traudl Junge , but rather because of those sections written by Melissa Muller . Muller , in line with a number of reviewers of this book , has to be judgemental in her approach to Junge . She has an agenda , believing that Junge should have felt overwelming guilt , and cannot cope with the fact that Junge didn't . Junge is an important historical witness , nothing else . It is a flaw to impose character judgements on her from a modern perspective .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding! 26 Jan 2011
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Back in early November 2010, the BBC ran a series of WWII documentaries and films to comemerate 70 years since the blitz. I happened to come across the film of the same title as the book and was blown away at the films brilliance. Without a doubt one of the best films about Hitler ever made. I had to find out whether the book was (and in most cases) better than the film.

I wasn't disappointed. Traudl Junge tells the story of a young woman entering adulthood without a care in the world with the sole ambition of becoming a professional dancer. However, events and circumstances mean that she ends up becoming one of Hitler's personal secretaries, dinner party companion and wife of an SS officer. The book gives you an insight into the relationship between Eva Braum and Hitler as well as the competing officers wishing to be part of Hitler's inner circle and how fortune and fate assisted her during the early years after the war.

There have been many books written about nazism and Adolf Hitler, but few have been written by someone who was there every day with Hitler and his senior officers during the last few years of the Third Reich. One of the most fascinating things I found out about this book was what happened to the mentioned officers and staff. From Hitler's valet to his cook. This is a must read book that will not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I read the entire book in two evenings and enjoyed every minute
This has to be a serious witness contender for the factual account of what happened in the bunker and beyond. I read the entire book in two evenings and enjoyed every minute. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Inquisio
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3.0 out of 5 stars Girl talk
Disappointing; nothing new and mostly about the author rather than the downfall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read !
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5.0 out of 5 stars friend said - veeeery interesting book
i bought it like a present for friend and he said its very interesting. he is happy about this present :)
Published 13 months ago by kristine
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive History of the Last days in The Bunker
If you want to know what it was like in the bunker on the last days of the war as the Allies advanced from the west and the Red Army came in from the east this is the book you... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read
The real life of the final hours gives a day to day of what happened in the wolfs lair and at the berghof plus the final hours in Berlin. Read more
Published 14 months ago by bob splaine
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Well written book - transports one back to the time - what was it like to work for Hitler? Buy the book and find out
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought
Very well written. Traudl had so much to tell. A real insight into a surreal world and it makes you think.
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