32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historically valuable and fascinating story
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,...
Published on 14 Nov 2006 by Tabone Alberto
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Book
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...
Published on 9 April 2012 by A.J. Reynolds
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping historical memoir,
Hitler comes across as the true wolf in sheeps clothing in this gripping memoir by his young secretary Traudl.
The book is very well written by Traudl, it doesn't bore at all and keeps up an interesting pace throughout. Like the other readers we all wonder about Traudl's real knowledge of events at the time. She comes over as more than a little selfish, preferring the comforts and glamour of the life surrounding Hitler to the harsh world outside. Pretending not to have any understanding of what was going on, even when the innocent daughter of a friend put her foot in it talking about the 'poor jews' on the train in Holland, asking Hitler if he knew about it, thereby causing a very icy atmosphere in the chalet, Truadl soon forgets.
I did wonder too if she could have done something to have saved the 6 little children who were killed by Goebbles wife in the bunker. Traudl seemed to know it was going to happen but did nothing to help them. No wonder she had mental problems afterwards!
Everything else that needs to be said has already been explained by other readers so it is just for me to say I highly recommend this book if you are at all interested in 2nd World War or indeed how a psycopath can manipulate so many people with charm and persuasion.
The photos are great and offer another insight into the strange world of Adolph Hitler.
3.0 out of 5 stars Girl talk,
Disappointing; nothing new and mostly about the author rather than the downfall.
Interesting insight into the death of a man who had promised to fight to the end as he had ordered
fellow Germans to do. Story about no one being responsible but
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read !,
Anyone trying to get an insight into Hitler will find this an interesting read. I have also read Inside the third Reich by Albert Speer where he describes his relationship with Hitler . So Until the final hour gives you another view of someone who closely worked with him to better build up a mental picture of the most evil man of our times.
5.0 out of 5 stars Until The Final Hour,
This is a very readable book, far more so than Christa Schroeder's, although it's less hard-hitting. Frau Junge was present during Hitler's final years and was one of the last to leave the bunker, and her story is very personal. She insists that she didn't know much about what was going on - the Fuhrer was very close-lipped about his activities where women were concerned - and was horrified when she found out, which may or may not be the case.
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. The story after is a little boring but it gives you the story of this secretary's life how she got away from the east and into the west but still worth reading.
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought,
This review is from: Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary (Hardcover)
Very well written. Traudl had so much to tell. A real insight into a surreal world and it makes you think.
4.0 out of 5 stars Until the final hour Hitler's Last Secretary,
A very interesting read I felt that it was very factual and good detail to history of the life in Hitler's presence
4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting and complex relationship,
The author provides a detailed description as her time as a secretary to Hitler. It is a difficult book to absorb because of her complex relation to Hitler. On the one hand she shows him as being quite human in private but she acknowledges that he was also a moral monster in terms of his impact on the world. To some extent her portrayal helps one understand the way these contradictions are played out - especially in her description of the last days.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book and Film of the year 2005,
I would consider Downfall as THE book and film of the year for 2005. An absoutely outstanding read and film production of the final days of Adolf Hitler in the Bunker in Berlin. If you have any interest in WW 2 it is a must.
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Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary by Traudl Junge (Hardcover - 25 Sep 2003)
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